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Wisconsin Conservatives Uniting Behind Leah Vukmir For US Senate

Wisconsin’s Far-Left Senator Tammy Baldwin has been ripe for a conservative challenge since the day she walked on to the Senate Floor – and in state Senator Leah Vukmir it looks like Baldwin is about to get the principled conservative opponent needed to build on the Trump victory in Wisconsin and flip that Senate seat from blue to red.

What we like about Leah Vukmir is that in the face of death threats over Wisconsin’s teacher’s union reforms, Leah refused to back down and continues to be one of the leading voices to keep pushing Wisconsin in a more Leah Vukmirconservative direction.

A nurse, military mom, and conservative with a proven record as a state Representative and Senator, Leah Vukmir stood with conservatives across Wisconsin to enact some of the most sweeping, pro-job reforms ever enacted, including Governor Walker’s signature Act 10 legislation.

Vukmir’s son Niko serves as a first lieutenant in the Army, which would make her one of the few members of Congress with a child in the military and a frontline view of how our troops are taken care of and the bottom line cost of the decisions about war and peace that Congress makes.

Up until yesterday it looked like there might be a tough primary between Vukmir and Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R–Juneau), but Fitzgerald has announced his decision to stay in the State Senate and in a show of patriotism and principle over self-interest has given Leah Vukmir his unequivocal endorsement:

After thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will not enter the race for U.S. Senate and will remain dedicated to serving the 13th Senate District.

I would like to express my complete support for Sen. Leah Vukmir, an actual conservative. She is an exceptional leader, one of the best Wisconsin has to offer, so I am choosing not to run for the U.S. Senate knowing we are in great hands. Leah will listen to the grassroots and will provide Wisconsinites the leadership they deserve in Washington.

Leah is a dedicated public servant and her commitment to serving the people of Wisconsin is reflected in her record. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Leah in the State Senate and have complete confidence that she has the strength and determination to unseat Tammy Baldwin.

It’s time to turn Wisconsin entirely red, and Leah is the candidate that will help us achieve that goal. I support Leah Vukmir, and I strongly encourage others to join me.

Another thing we like about Leah Vukmir is that she worked her way up through everything: She worked her way through high school and college, from stocking at a sporting goods store, to announcing blue light specials at Kmart, to working overnight shifts in an emergency room while studying to be a nurse.

Then she started her political career as a grassroots Mom simply asking questions about education, next thing she knew, she was actively advocating to raise educational standards for students across Wisconsin and found herself elected to office – first in the state Assembly in the same seat once held by Governor Scott Walker, and now in the state Senate.

Vukmir says early on she was told by leadership in Madison that she would be a back bencher if she voted with her conservative convictions. Apparently, they said that to the wrong person.

When asked to point to the work she’s most proud of, she told Mike Gousha, host of Sunday political talk show “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” it was her work to lift the cap on the Milwaukee parental choice program for school vouchers and her efforts to help pass Act 10, which severely limited the bargaining power for most public employees.

She told Gousha that Act 10 was a “historic reform that quite frankly has laid the groundwork for all the other reforms that we’ve been able to do, leading up to Foxconn today.” (Foxconn is the multi-billion-dollar smartphone manufacturing plant to be built in Wisconsin.)

Vukmir prides herself on her conservative record, but establishment critics claim parts of that record could also make her vulnerable to criticism, such as her association with our friends at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Democrats have already charged that her association with ALEC means she’s beholden to special corporate interests, Gousha said, noting that Democratic Party Chair Martha Laning had already called her “a national leader of a billionaire's special interest group.”

This is so comical we are inspired to do a special issue of CHQ on Tammy Baldwin’s special interest associations, but for now we will simply point out that Baldwin received $603,516 in corporate and business PAC money so far and that people that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

ALEC creates model legislation and emphasizes limited government, and we love it that Vukmir stood by her association with ALEC, calling it a “phenomenal organization,” that “exchanges ideas with legislators across the country, Republicans and Democrats, about what’s best policy.” Washington needs voices that are going to limit the role of the federal government, which ALEC is all about, she told Gousha.

“I’m proud of my association with an organization that believes in limited government, free markets and federalism,” she said. “Of course, they're going to pull out all kinds of things, because they know that I am a strong candidate, that I am a person who stands up for what she believes in and I actually get things done.”

Scott Fitzgerald’s decision to endorse Leah Vukmir does not end the Republican primary. Senator Vukmir still faces Kevin Nicholson, a businessman and former Marine whose conservative credentials have already been questioned because of his slim public record and past as a Democrat.

To learn more about Leah Vukmir and her campaign for Senate watch her announcement video through this link.

To donate to her conservative campaign click this link.

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