Straight from the Feingold camp:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2010
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on Secretary Tommy Thompson
MILWAUKEE – The Feingold Campaign released the following statement today from Senator Feingold following reports that Secretary Tommy Thompson will not be running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.”I’m disappointed that Secretary Thompson decided not to get in the ring. I’m sure there will now be talk about other candidates getting in this race, but it’s my hope that the election can now be focused where it should be – on the issues important to the people of Wisconsin and who will be an independent voice for them in Washington, working hard to move our state forward.”
The Feingold Campaign announced earlier this week that it finished the first quarter of 2010 with nearly $4.3 million cash on hand – with an average contribution of a very low $51. The Feingold Campaign has 11 field offices fully staffed and up and running, 27 active regional campaign steering committees with more than 1,300 members who help advise the campaign on outreach in their local communities, endorsements from more than 2,500 Wisconsin elected officials, nearly 24,000 volunteers and more than 100,000 supporters more than six months before Election Day.
That said, I have a hunch there’s a bit of elation in the Feingold campaign that they won’t have to face Thompson. And Thompson is right: this campaign would have been a hell of a fight. I’d look to Westlake to try and stage an insurgent campaign by making appearances at events such as Drinking Liberally; for Mr. Wall to give his campaign more of his own money — only to lose; and for Leinenkugel could go either way. Although he seems to be having as many commitment problems as did TOMMY!