"As a longtime friend, I respect Ted's decision regarding the race for US Senate and I know he remains committed to electing a Republican Senator next year that will bring the fight to Washington to restore fiscal sanity and create jobs," Thompson said in a statement. Along with Thompson, who has said he is preparing a run, former Rep. Mark Neumann is also running. Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald reportedly plans to launch next month. "Ted demonstrated that many members of the Republican grassroots would have supported him. While Ted is not running for United States Senate this time, I'm confident he will continue to be a voice for Republican principles in the years ahead," Neumann said of Kanavas.