A political analyst and former Republican leader says a
resurgent Mitt Romney could help the GOP in Senate races in states
When former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson won the GOP
nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring
Democrat Herb Kohl, it looked like a slam-dunk pickup for the
Republicans. His opponent is open lesbian and ultra-liberal
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, who has never won statewide
But after the Democratic Convention, Baldwin surged in the polls
and currently holds a three-point lead in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Political
pundits are scratching their heads and wondering how the same state
that earlier this year gave conservative Republican Governor Scott
Walker a decisive recall election win would want someone like
Baldwin for Senate.
Pauken, a former chairman of the Republican Party of
Texas who served on President Ronald Reagan's
team, encourages the people of Wisconsin to
recognize that Baldwin is not a good choice and that they may
merely be influenced by the events of the presidential
"Clearly they need to make it apparent to the people of
Wisconsin, a majority of whom are social conservatives who believe
in our traditional values, that a woman like that shouldn't be
representing the state of Wisconsin," he remarks.
Pauken believes the senatorial races have been affected by
the presidential campaign.
"It can make it tougher if your candidate for president isn't
doing well," he notes. "And until the [first] debate, Mitt Romney
was not doing well."
So the analyst concludes a resurgent Romney could tip the
scales in Thompson's favor.