"We welcome Eric Hovde to the race. But 25 years living in Washington, DC and his support for stimulus spending including high speed rail won't sell in a year when everyone except Barack Obama and his most liberal allies are scared to death of huge government spending," said Neumann campaign manager Chip Englander.
"We don't know much about Eric Hovde since he just moved here, but Governor Thompson has never campaigned looking over his shoulder. He has the right ideas to restore America and is ready to move our country forward on his first day as a U.S. Senator," said Darrin Schmitz, an adviser to former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
Part of the reason for the attention he is receiving is money. He is wealthy, and money buys name ID in politics. But it won't be enough on its own to win. As a latecomer to an already active race, Hovde has to navigate his way through a four-candidate field against candidates who have experience running statewide.