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The effort to sideline Tommy Thompson
|Last Edited||COSDem May 26, 2011 08:32pm|
|News Date||Friday, May 27, 2011 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||The long knives are out for Tommy Thompson. |
In the two weeks since Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl announced his plan to retire in 2012 and Thompson signaled his interest in running for his seat, the former four-term Wisconsin governor once heralded as a conservative superstar has come under sustained attack from an unlikely source — other conservatives.
It’s a jarring reintroduction to the political arena for Thompson, whose pioneering welfare reform efforts in Madison served as a model for Republican governance in the 1990s. Now, he finds himself dismissed as a useless relic from another era and, worse, a cheerleader for President Barack Obama’s health care plan.
His chief tormentor is the Washington-based Club for Growth, the anti-tax, pro-limited-government group that has shown him no deference despite his record in office.