Washington D.C. special interest trying to buy the Wisconsin senate election

Remember Norm Coleman? Politically astute Wisconsinites may remember him as the embattled senator from our neighboring state of Minnesota. He fought at length and in vain to prevent the recount of the U.S. Senate election in 2008, which Democratic candidate Al Franken ultimately won after each vote was fairly recounted and the election was certified in June 2009.

Not resting happily, Coleman pondered a bid for governor, until he saw the numbers were against him in most of the state, save Michelle Bachman’s district. Still not satisfied, there have been rumblings that the twice-defeated Coleman may try to oust GOP Chairman Michael Steele. Think that’s good enough? Well, hold your horses — ol’ Norm’s back, and he’s trying to muck with Wisconsin’s 2010 senate election.

As the Journal Sentinel reported yesterday, “American Action Network, a right-of-center group based in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that it would spend an estimated $380,000 to air an ad in Wisconsin targeting U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.).”

Heading the group is our man from Minnesota, Norm Coleman. You can see him on their About page, along with big wigs from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and financial mavens JPMorgan Chase.

Let’s be clear: these people aren’t from Wisconsin. It’s a Washington, D.C. special interest group that’s trying to buy the Wisconsin senate election by using a huge pool of money to buy attack ads targeting Senator Feingold.

Get out of Wisconsin, Coleman & Co. You’re not welcome here.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.