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Tommy Thompson “Very Upset” About Campaign Spokesman’s Gay-Baiting Emails

Last Wednesday during the Democratic National Convention, a member of Republican Tommy Thompson’s Senate campaign team sent out a mass email to right-wing bloggers ridiculing Thompson’s lesbian Democratic opponent, Tammy Baldwin, for celebrating at a Wisconsin Capital Pride Rally in 2010.

Brian Nemoir, the former Wisconsin governor’s political director, wrote in his email:

Madison-Liberal Tammy Baldwin cited “heartland values” as the topic for her primetime speech to the DNC tomorrow night. Clearly, there’s no one better positioned to talk “heartland values” than Tammy.

The message was followed by a link showing Baldwin dancing at the Pride event, followed by the closer, “A primer of her values—note event, and enjoy.”

Nemoir claimed he sent the email in an unofficial capacity though he used his official campaign email address and signed with his official campaign email signature.

This week, Thompson—an early presidential hopeful—apologized for the gay-baiting email and tweets, explaining he was “very upset” about them: “I thought it was a mistake, I’m sorry, and he’s apologized, I believe. He shouldn’t have done it.”

ClearlyThompson (above) is furious at Nemoir—but not so furious that he fired him. Nemoir has been removed as spokesman but will remain active in the Thompson campaign.

Well, it’s hardly the first time Thompson has been involved in a faux pas involving minorities: In April 2007, Thompson appeared at a Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism conference and discussed his profitable transition from public service to the private sector, saying, “You know that’s sort of part of the Jewish tradition and I do not find anything wrong with that.”

When he realized the knish had hit the fan, Thompson quickly clarified, “I didn’t want to infer or imply anything about Jews and finances and things. What I was referring to is the accomplishments of the Jewish religion—You’ve been outstanding business people and I compliment you for that.”


On:           Sep 12, 2012
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    • Cam

      Meh, it’s like with Congressman Akin, they aren’t upset about what he believes, they’re just upset that he said it out loud.

      Sep 12, 2012 at 9:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      Yiyiyiyi!!! Like GWBunnypants, ThompsonCo was born with a silver foot in his mouth… typical Repug/TPod Party response!

      Sep 12, 2012 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice

      cis a 2partys system creep who’s done much to try to support people getting micro chips into their skin as part of a mark-of-the-beat like cashless society.

      He’s a total scumbag creep.

      Tommy Thompson Wanted To Implant Data Chips In Humans

      Sep 12, 2012 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • horace

      What is he, like 80? He is really too old and more importantly
      too stupid to be relevant. Keep eating those 5 star lobbyist bought and paid for
      lunches you fat pig.

      Sep 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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