A Public Policy Polling poll shows Russ Feingold leading wishy-washy Tommy Thompson 47-44. PPP is a Dem affiliated firm with a fairly accurate record. But the big number from the poll is not the above figure, nor is it Feingold-Wall (48-34) or Feingold-Westlake (48-31).
The big number is 1%. That is the favorable opinion of Washington lobbyists, according to Wisconsin voters.
Tommy Thompson has spent the last five years as essentially a lobbyist in Washington. I doubt most Wisconsin voters even remember he was tapped by George W. Bush to be Secretary of Health and Human Services back in 2001, leaving the Governor’s Mansion mid-term. I am positive even less are aware of his current career. If Thompson declares his candidacy Wisconsin voters will know all about Tommy’s latest job as a power-broker for dozens of big business interests.
Now a contrast. While Tommy was making millions taking special interests on as clients, Russ Feingold was taking them on for you.
His recent earmark cancellation amendment could save $478 million this year. His votes for health care and jobs have Wisconsin’s best interests in mind, not a corporation or his pocketbook. Remember, it’s “a lot of people in Washington” that want Thompson to run for Senate.
Stick to the private sector Tommy. Your pocketbook and the citizens of Wisconsin will both be better off. We want a senator that represents more than 1% of us.