I’ve let a little time pass because this is a very sore subject and Wisconsin is mostly diverted by the recall hoopla, but there’s something you should know.
There’s a decent chance Mark Neumann could win the Wisconsin Senate primary.
A few weeks ago (Three? I’ve lost count but I think Mother’s Day weekend if you are keeping track.) a bunch of Republicans got together in a convention arrangement that actually wasn’t the Country Springs in Pewaukee and decided who to support for the upcoming Senate race.
Candidate Eric Hovde went out on the first ballot; Tommy! was down on the second. (Holy cow. I was getting email updates from someone attending and watching it on Twitter and I have to say that was something else to witness from more than a thousand miles away. I can only imagine how it felt to be there!) And then in the final round, a bunch of I-hate-Mark-Neumann loyalists conspired to throw their votes at Jeff Fitzgerald to make sure Neumann didn’t get the party’s endorsement at 60%.
While Neumann’s support stayed constant that evening, there was, I imagine, a number of “oh, shit!” statements rumbling in the building. (Except I shouldn’t say that because Mark might read this, but that’s just the way it goes. Some people bring a pet to the relationship. I have interesting word choices…) I won’t source it, but it was said Tommy! left in a huff. And lots of folks left rather stunned.
And I’d bet Mark Neumann left smiling.
As well he should. Listen from what I was getting, the man should grin ear-to-ear, especially when you consider the support from Waukesha County. At the end of the first ballot with all four candidates available, the numbers tallied from Waukesha County:
Here’s the screen showing totals from the first round, what appears to be the primary ballot at this point:
The second round of Waukesha numbers showed:
Hovde is self-funded, so I suspect he makes it to the primary. Tommy!, however, relies upon the kindness of others and well, his heart may not be in it anymore. He was recently named Chairman of the Board for a Florida pharmaceutical company. That reeks alright, and it’s not independence I’m smelling.
So, hard-core party loyalists probably aren’t impressed, but I’m so excited about the Neumann numbers out of this county. Waukesha County is the center of the Republican party in Wisconsin. I really like what I see.
Keep the hate to a minimum in the comments, please. It’s absolutely known how a couple of you feel about Neumann. Thank goodness you were a minority in those first rounds. Just remember, it’s unlikely the primary ballot will have only Neumann and Fitzgerald. A plurality takes this one. In fact, I’d say from my thinking the more candidates who stay in this race, the better.