He's a former Republican governor receiving praise from Democrats looking to sully his reputation in a GOP primary.
No, we're not talking about Mitt Romney. Tommy Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor, is getting some Romney-style treatment as he mulls a Senate bid.
"Unlike many on the far right, Thompson was a voice of moderation and offered his voice at crucial junctions to help pass the Affordable Care Act," former AFL-CIO communications strategist Eddie Vale told Politico. Vale is now a spokesman for Protect Your Care, a group founded to defend President Obama's signature domestic achievement.
Thompson expressed support in 2009 for an early version of the Democratic health care reform measure in the Senate that later passed. Stories about his 2009 position made the rounds Tuesday as buzz ramped up about a possible Senate announcement that has not yet arrived. Thompson, meanwhile, was traveling to Japan Tuesday.