Yesterday Tomah Mayor and former Libertarian candidate for Governor Ed Thompson declared his candidacy (as a Republican) for the 31st Senate district seat Kathleen Vinehout currently occupies. I heard rumors last week so I’m not surprised, just excited for this campaign to get underway. It will be a good show.
Ed Thompson is a straight-shooter, and I like that. I don’t like the “Wisconsin’s economy is tanking and the state is losing jobs because of taxes” rhetoric in his press release. I just don’t buy it. Taxes in our state are never going to be the lowest in the nation, because Wisconsinites enjoy our quality of life. However Thompson raises one good point–the legislature needs to watch new taxes in this economy. Especially if the Dems want to stay in power.
As for the accuracy of the rest of Mayor Thompson’s statements, a study by the Workforce Alliance projects 426,000 mid-level job openings in Wisconsin by 2016. Mid-level meaning education exceeding a HS diploma, but less than a college degree (essentially tech school). This includes skilled manufacturing jobs, the type right-wingers claim are leaving Wisconsin in droves. (Note: Workforce Alliance appears to be an advocacy group for exactly the kind of education its study claims WI will need)
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is a wonderful, progressive Senator, she’s got my vote. Check out her speech at Fighting Bob Fest. Ed Thompson still has the website from his 2002 gubernatorial campaign up, so check that out before it becomes Ed for Senate.
Like I said, this is going to be a great race. I can’t wait to see Vinehout and Thompson debate (neither can Vinehout). And when Vinehout wins next November, I hope this means the return of “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Ed” bumper stickers.