MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Former Governor Tommy Thompson will announce Thursday whether he’ll run for the U.S. Senate this fall – but it’s looking like he won’t. Long-time Thompson aide Bill McCoshen tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it’s “fair to say a run is unlikely” against incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold. The paper also quoted another source who said Thompson’s family is not up for another campaign.
WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee also quoted a source close to the family as saying the 68-year-old Thompson won’t run. But Thompson told the Associated Press he’s the only one person who knows what he’s going to do – and he’s not sure what it is yet. The announcement is expected Thursday at the Tax Day Tea Party rally at the State Capitol.
McCoshen said Thompson wanted to sleep on his decision after a strategy session last night – and he promised to make his intentions clear at Thursday’s rally. If he doesn’t run, there are reports that Thompson might mention some other possible Republicans.
Former state Commerce Secretary Richard Leinenkugel and Oshkosh business executive Ron Johnson are said to be considering a run. Republicans Terrence Wall of Madison and Dave Westlake of Watertown are already in the race. The new developments come a day after Feingold’s campaign reported having $4.3 million on hand.