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Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

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Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby jjoyce » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:13 am

Tommy Thompson's son went there.

"Stick it to 'em!"

Tommy's persona as a plain-spoken and passionate Wisconsinite who cares about creating opportunities is taking a beating during this campaign. Wonder where his boy Jason got it in his head that the best way to win the election was by engaging in tired, pathetic and indefensible demagoguery.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby kurt_w » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:22 am

Tommy apparently disavowed that remark, and his campaign issued some vaguely apologetic language (not sure why it came from a spokesperson, rather than Jason himself).

At an evening news conference in Wauwatosa, the former four-term governor - known for committing his share of verbal gaffes over the years - initially deflected a question about the video.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Thompson said.

About an hour later, however, Thompson's staff sent an email addressing the controversy.

"The Governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do," said the campaign statement. "Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes."
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:28 am

kurt_w wrote:Tommy apparently disavowed that remark, and his campaign issued some vaguely apologetic language (not sure why it came from a spokesperson, rather than Jason himself).


maybe he's grounded now?
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby kurt_w » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:49 am

I don't think this little dust-up will have much of an impact on the race. At the same time, I have to admit I'm surprised and impressed with how well Tammy has been doing (or how badly Tommy has). I think most people would have said this was Tommy's race to lose. Well, so far he seems to be losing it.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:20 pm

Tammy has had a lot more money to spend so far. It looks like the 501C's have started to chime in now though. Don't know how Madison was, but watching in Milwaukee last night, the Texan's couldn't punt the ball without viewer being informed of Tammy's extremist tenancies.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby kurt_w » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:40 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:...Tammy's extremist tenancies.


Ooh, I'd forgotten about that time when she rented an apartment from Pol Pot.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby rabble » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:42 pm

I know for a fact that Tammy once said "Damn right!" about something. And it must have been something bad because she said it about a thousand times in thirty seconds.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:58 pm

rabble wrote:I know for a fact that Tammy once said "Damn right!" about something. And it must have been something bad because she said it about a thousand times in thirty seconds.


yeah, I was starting to wonder if the add was trying to say Tammy was unfit due to a bad case of Tourette syndrome.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby david cohen » Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:22 pm

Jason Thompson: Giving Elroy a bad name.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby kurt_w » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:59 am

Tommy offers a further apology:

Thompson says son feels terrible for Obama remark

"I talked to my son. He feels terrible about it," Tommy Thompson said. "Nobody is suffering more than he is about this. He has apologized and that's all I'm going to say about it."


Can't speak for others, but it seems to me like Tommy's handled this OK. It was a minor item, they've apologized, it's time to move on. I guess it would be nice if this caused Wisconsin Republican candidates to engage in a little more self-reflection about catering to the loonier segment of their base, but politicians in general and Republicans in particular don't seem to be very good at introspection.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:11 am

A moment of silence, please, for Jason Thompson's suffering.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:15 am

Feeling terrible because he made a political gaffe is not the same thing as apologizing for saying what he said.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Mean Scenester » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:24 am

He probably feels terrible because Tommy tied one on and boxed Junior's ears till they bled.

Not that I'm saying Tommy is a notorious public drunk or anything.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby gargantua » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:33 am

Being a notorious public drunk can get you a lot of votes in this state. Our motto "Forward" is really a drunken lurch forward after all.
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Re: Jason Thompson: "Send Obama back to Kenya"

Postby Stu Levitan » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:38 am

Thompson fils has not apologized to the person he insulted.
He reportedly apologized to colleagues and family whom he embarrassed, but there's not even any proof of that.
No class whatsoever.
Not any surprise.
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