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May 17, 2011 / J. Shaw

Wisconsin News:Ryan to Stay in House, Thompson runs for Senate


I am very enthused about the news that Rep Paul Ryan will not run for the open Kohl Senate seat in Wisconsin. Paul Ryan best serves this country by pushing his budget plan. Ryan is THE budget expert in the country.

 In the story below story by Ed Morrissey,, writes about former WI governor Tommy Thompson entering the Senate race. Thompson has a great shot at taking this Dem seat. A Wisconsin Senate seat would be an important start for the GOP take over of the Senate in 2012. SHAW

After a flurry of speculation in the past 24 hours, Paul Ryan has decided to stay in the House rather than run for the Senate seat vacated by Herb Kohl’s retirement, reports Major Garrett at the National Journal.  Ryan will announce his decision later today, which will leave the field open for former governor Tommy Thompson:

Rep. Paul Ryan is staying in the House, and won’t run for the U.S. Senate, two well-placed GOP sources tell National Journal.

Ryan began informing close friends of his decision Tuesday. Three GOP sources tell National Journalas soon as Ryan officially announces he won’t run for the Senate, former Wisconsin GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson, is expected to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, who recently announced he was retiring. GOOD RIDDANCE !! 

 Earlier today, Politico reported on Thompson’s decision to toss his hat in the ring:

Tommy Thompson, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bush’s first secretary of Health and Human Services, has told friends he plans to run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin, according to top Wisconsin sources. …

Thompson would give Republicans a popular former two-term governor to seriously challenge for this toss-up seat, which could prove the difference as Senate Democrats struggle to defend their majority with now eight retirements.

Thompson tried an ill-advised presidential bid in 2007, dropping out after a couple of painful debate performances.  He’ll do better at home, where Thompson has found repeated political success.  Thompson won state-wide office four times as governor, even when Upper Midwestern progressivism was still in vogue.  (Politico lists him as a two-term governor, but Thompson was governor from 1987 to 2001, resigning to take a position on George W. Bush’s presidential Cabinet.)  He beat an incumbent Democrat by 5 points in his first attempt, then attracted no less than 58% of the popular vote in the next three elections.



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