Thursday, September 8, 2011

Demint and Club for Growth: don't 'foist your choice' in Senate race say Wisconsin conservative bloggers

A network of conservative bloggers from Wisconsin apparently resent the efforts by South Carolina Senator Jim Demint and the Club for Growth to decide who will represent Wisconsin conservatives in the upcoming U.S. Senate Republican primary. Demint and the Club announced their support for former Congressman Mark Neumann

Wisconsin's senior Senator, Herb Kohl will retire in 2012 at the end of his fourth term. A moderate Democrat, Wisconsin conservatives hope to replace him with a home grown candidate of their choice.

Here is the letters published September 6, 2011 in the blog Lakeshore Laments that put the would be kingmakers on notice.

An Open Letter to National Conservative Groups from Wisconsin’s Conservative Bloggers
To: Chris Chocola, Club for Growth, The Honorable Jim DeMint, junior Senator from the Great State of South Carolina
It is with great disappointment that we have learned of the efforts of some conservatives on the national level to try to dictate to Wisconsin conservatives their choice for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Herb Kohl. This is a tremendous opportunity for Wisconsinites to elect a second conservative senator worthy of holding the office, and one that Wisconsin conservatives will take very seriously. This is not only a choice of ideology but of character, and it is our responsibility to bring Mark Neumann’s lack of character to your attention.
While we do not question Neumann’s past contributions to conservatism while he was a Congressman, his actions during last year’s campaign are completely unbecoming of a conservative candidate.
We respectfully request the national conservative groups and individuals to take a second look at their endorsement of Neumann. We ask that since many of them missed the opportunity to come to Wisconsin during the recent battles over collective bargaining for state employees and the recall elections, they come to Wisconsin now to talk to true Wisconsin conservatives to find out what they think of Neumann before attempting to foist their choice upon Wisconsin.
We do not write this under direction or duress from any candidate, potential candidate, or candidate’s campaign. We write this under the knowledge that as the primary for United States Senate commences in earnest, we will likely go our separate ways and support any number of candidates. That is our right as Americans.
If the past election in Wisconsin has shown national conservatives anything, it is to trust in the faith of Badger State conservative activists. We had the foresight to supply the movement with current leaders and rock stars like Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan, Ashland Congressman Sean Duffy, Green Bay Congressman Reid Ribble, Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, and even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
That is just in the past two years, and we assure you, there are plenty more where they came from.
Owen Robinson, Blogger, Boots and Sabers, since 2003 West Bend, WI
Thank you,

Kevin Binversie, Blogger, Lakeshore Laments, since 2003 St. Francis, WI
 James Wigderson, Blogger, Wigderson Library & Pub, since 2005 Waukesha, WI
 Steve Eggleston, Blogger, No Runny Eggs, since 2005 Oak Creek, WI
 Patrick Dorwin.Blogger, Badger Blogger, since 2004, Milwaukee, WI
 Tim Gray, Blogger,, since 2010 La Crosse, WI
 Ben Froland, Blogger,, since 2009, Neenah, WI
(Others may change or add some wording, but this has been a work-in-progress since last week.) 

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