Thursday, May 13, 2010
Contact: Chris Lato
NEUMANN WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN GOP CONVENTION ENDORSEMENT VOTE
Neumann: "Let the voters decide." Supporters, Milwaukee delegate call for halt to divisive process
WAUKESHA, Wis. - May 13, 2010 - Surrounded by supporters, candidate for Governor Mark Neumann announced today that he will turn down the Republican Party’s offer to be considered for endorsement at its Milwaukee Convention on May 22.
"The next Governor of Wisconsin should be picked by the voters. I'm running on a conservative message of cutting spending to cut taxes to create jobs. The people of Wisconsin can be trusted to decide if that's who they want as Governor," Mark Neumann stated. "Let them decide and no one else."
Don Holt, a former Republican Party candidate for office, was among those attending Neumann's press conference. He added, "I'm a Milwaukee County Republican delegate to the State Convention and I will be voting for no endorsement. This endorsement will divide our party and hurts our chances to win the Governor's race in November. It's crazy for the party to endorse in a race that's a dead heat."
Even Republican Party leaders are questioning the value of party endorsements in a year in which both establishment Republicans and Democrats across the country are facing uphill election battles. Just recently, John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said having a formal GOP endorsement is not helpful - and that people want to be listened to, not lectured to.
This year, establishment Republican candidates with party support have a poor track record. In Florida, Kentucky, Utah, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, establishment and GOP-endorsed candidates are losing or have lost to outsiders, as voters reject being told who to vote for.
Also, the last time the Wisconsin Republican Party endorsed a candidate in a contested primary for Governor was Bob Kasten in 1978. Kasten lost the primary, and fellow Republican Lee Sherman Dreyfus went on to become Wisconsin's Governor that year.
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