Club for Growth’s state super PAC, CFG Action Wisconsin, started airing a TV ad on Wednesday praising management consultant Kevin Nicholson’s (R) “real plan to help Trump drain the swamp by placing term limits on Congress … stopping any plan by Democrats or Republicans to bring back wasteful of earmark spending” and “preventing Beltway bureaucrats from killing jobs with overregulation.”
The announcer opens: “President Trump needs fighters in the Senate. Fighters like Kevin Nicholson.” (Hotline reporting)
DEBATE PREVIEW. State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R) and Nicholson sparred on separate interviews this week on WISN on Vukmir’s endorsements from the state’s congressional delegation and Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) family.
Nicholson: " I am not of the political class. And boy, does the political class know it and does the political class fear it. … And rightfully so. I'm going to call them to account for all their many failings for the things they have not gotten done in Washington, which is pretty much any kind of solution to our spending problems.”
"Vukmir on Wednesday said that Nicholson ‘can't have it both ways.’ She claimed Nicholson condemned Walker, her and her colleagues as insiders while also touting endorsements he has received from” Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Mike Lee (R-UT). “Nicholson did not mention the governor in the Tuesday interview.”
Vukmir: "My opponent can continue to dismiss my record, the governor's record. … But it's not sticking. … What the grassroots in Wisconsin can't understand ... why is Kevin not complimentary of our conservative accomplishments, what we've achieved here in Wisconsin. … What that shows is he clearly doesn't understand Wisconsin, Wisconsin politics and let's face it, he hasn't lived here his whole life as I have.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Nicholson responded to her charge of his limited residency in the state by pointing out his time as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he “protected this country, including your right to attack me. Nonsense like this is the reason people hate politicians.” (Twitter)