Tommy Thompson to Challenge Russ Feingold?

by Sal on January 21, 2010

in Election 2010,Politics

Former Wisconson Governor Tommy Thompson (who also served a stint as Bush’s first Director of Homeland Security) hinted that he may be considering a run for Senate against Russ Feingold (D-WI) in November’s election.  Wisconsin has been considered by most analysts to be firmly in the Democrat column this November.  If Thompson enters the race, the seat is in-play.  In a brief conversation I had with Mike on the topic, he stated that Thompson might even be the favorite in such a match-up.

H/T: Hot Air

Update: @Tom in the comments points out that Tommy Thompson was Bush’s Secretary for Health and Human Services, not Homeland Security director.  The DHS was held by former Governor of PA, Tom Ridge.

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Chris January 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Excellent news! I regularly receive Dick Morris’s columns via email and sometimes he gets it, others he misses. Yesterday he got it when he said that Republicans must attract viable candidates to challenge the incumbents up for re-election in November. Wisconsin was one state he mentioned. Now we just need a viable candidate in NY, IN and WA!


Sal January 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm

It looks like Mike Pence might mount a challenge against Evan Bayh in Indiana, so if that happens, there’s another assumed safe-D going into the competitive category.


Mike January 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Peter King? Mike Pence? Dino Rossi? All three would have a shot.


Tom January 25, 2010 at 2:47 am

Tommy Thompson was Bush’s HHS secretary, not Homeland Security (that was Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania).

But it’s excellent news, nonetheless.


Sal January 25, 2010 at 9:46 am


Thanks for correcting my error. You’re absolutely right. Got my Toms confused.


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