The right-wing Club For Growth is wasting no time in taking a shot at Republican former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is poised to officially enter race for the state’s open Democratic-held Senate seat. They’ve released a new TV ad seeking to tie Thompson to President Obama and health care reform.
Of course, Thompson does not yet have an opponent. But the Club has been dismissive of Thompson for months, and has released poll data suggesting that the relatively moderate Thompson could be vulnerable to a primary challenge from the right.
“Tommy Thompson has been a politician since way back in 1966,” the announcer says. “But do you know his record? As governor, Thompson supported massive tax and spending increases.”“And when it comes to ObamaCare, there’s this,” the announcer says, followed by a clip from one of Obama’s weekly YouTube addresses, in October 2009: “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out in support of reform…as does Republican Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin Governor.”
The announcer then concludes: “Tommy Thompson — Not what we need in the U.S. Senate.”