Tea Party Express backs Neumann in Wisconsin
August 3rd, 2012
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Tea Party Express backs Neumann in Wisconsin

(CNN) – The Tea Party Express continued its slate of endorsements Friday, throwing its support behind U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann ahead of Wisconsin's Republican primary August 14.

"The Tea Party is united behind Mark Neumann because he is the proven conservative in the race," Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer wrote in a statement. "Mark earned the support of the Tea Party Express, and Tea Party members from every corner of Wisconsin, because he is the only one with a plan that cuts spending, balances the budget and repeals ObamaCare. He understands that we must get back to Constitutional principles in Washington. And, he is the one we can trust to stand up to Barack Obama."

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A poll taken in mid-July indicated Neumann, a former congressman, is running a distant third in the GOP battle behind former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and banking executive Eric Hovde. The survey from Marquette Law School showed Thompson with support from 35% of likely Republican primary voters, compared to 23% who backed Hovde and 10% who supported Neumann.

The winner of the GOP primary will go on to face Democratic Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November's general election. The victor in that race will replace Sen. Herb Kohl, a four-term Democrat who announced he was not running for re-election in May 2011.

The Tea Party Express was active in June's gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin, campaigning for the state's Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker survived the recall vote, which was sparked after cuts to collective bargaining rights for unions.

In the presidential general election, CNN rates Wisconsin as "Lean Obama." The state went for Obama by roughly 14 points in the 2008 election.

In a statement, Neumann said he was "honored" by the backing from Tea Party Express.

"They represent the values that our Founding Fathers built our great nation on and that folks here in Wisconsin hold dear. Their endorsement is more evidence to the people of Wisconsin that I am the proven conservative that they can trust to stand up to Barack Obama and the liberals in Washington," Neumann wrote.

The Tea Party Express announced Thursday it was backing attorney Clark Durant over former Rep. Pete Hoekstra in the Michigan Republican senate primary.

On Tuesday, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz won a GOP senate primary in Texas with major tea party support, including an endorsement from the Tea Party Express. The group also helped propel Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock to victory in a primary against Sen. Dick Lugar, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate.

The group's pick in the Nebraska GOP primary, state Attorney General Jon Bruning, lost to state Sen. Deb Fischer.

CNN's Shannon Travis, Dashia Starr and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    The progressives are an organization within the Democrat Party of the most left wing zealots in America. It was begun and funded by the super rich George Soros to further their own ends of putting the middle and lower classes into government slavery. Anyone who supports them is cutting his own throat and that of their children.

    August 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Mikey

    @RealityBites – "The Tea Party owes it existence to the progressively socialistic agenda Obama has tried to implement.
    Ironically.., much like America owes its existence to English tyranny."
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    Really??? The first Tea Party rally in Washington was being planned before President Obama's innaguration. It was in response to nothing, other than his election. They came there to protest the huge national debt, of which, at that time, 70% had been run up under GOP administrations. The Bush administration had literally stated that "deficits don't matter", yet no Tea Party then.

    The American revolution was support by the Whigs (liberals) and conducted against the Tories, who were at the time, and still are, the conservative party in Great Britain. Jefferson, Franklin, and most of the other founders were inspired by enlightenment liberals, like Voltaire and John Locke.

    Do you have any other revisionist misinformation for us?

    August 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Derpanomics: you can have your jobs back as soon as you accept being turned into third-world labor.

    August 3, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. SCOTO

    Are you delusional, ignorant and poorly educated with just a hint of crazy? You just might be a Tea Party favorite.

    August 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Phil Thomas

    @RealityBites – "The Tea Party owes it existence to the progressively socialistic agenda Obama has tried to implement.
    Ironically.., much like America owes its existence to English tyranny."
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    What an idiot, almost ever poster refuted your idiotic statement but why waste time with a parrot who just repeats talking points from the right. Please the private sector is doing fine its slowed by tea party idiots who want to cut government spending which translates into government job losses. Look clearly you have plenty of time to spend on the NET so try to pick up something that is not biased and stop being a Parrot

    August 3, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. mikle

    Obama file court cause against Ohio today. This is crazy. This man find his job just go after every state.

    August 3, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. cali girl

    Poor excuses of TBaggers like Bachmann and Uncle Perv Hermie, what more can I say.
    Their agenda would take us back to the good ol' days, where women and minorities and the poor have no rights at all.

    August 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. SXS

    Everyone from Wisconsin knows that since, 1992 Neumann runs for whatever political office is open at the time. With a history of losing, he's a real lightweight, adopting whatever principles might conveniently advance his chances of getting elected – this time around its the Tea Party. He's Alfred E Neumann in a suit. If he's elected we'll have two of them.

    August 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    @ Phil Thomas –

    Dude, if you really think the private sector is "doing fine", you're beyond hope. Go vote for Obama. Maybe he'll throw you some table scraps.

    August 3, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    truth hurts

    The progressives are an organization within the Democrat Party of the most left wing zealots in America. It was begun and funded by the super rich George Soros to further their own ends of putting the middle and lower classes into government slavery. Anyone who supports them is cutting his own throat and that of their children.
    August 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm
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    Actually the Progressive Party started out as a group of reform-minded Republicans who were reacting to the problems created by big money politics and increasing income inequality at the turn of the nineteenth century. They were eventually reabsorbed by the Republican Party, but then split out again due to the excesses of the McCarty era to become a moderate, pragmatic wing of the modern Democratic Party, with a strong interest in civil rights and social justice issues.

    George Soros is well known around the world as a promoter of democratic (= rule by the people) government based on popular elections. If you reflect on the unnecessarily restrictive Voter ID laws promoted by the Republican plutocrats (= rule by money) the last few years then it is easy to see why they hate him.

    Quit drinking the Tea.

    August 3, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. jane

    LISTEN...PLEASE...The reason Congress can't get anything done is because of the tea party...They don't want to compromise...If you're a Repub, Demo or Independent.....Send ANYBODY to Washington other than a tea party member!!!

    August 3, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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