Following an event at the Milwaukee Press Club on October 5, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson (helped by his campaign staff) refused to answer questions from members of the media. While that may not seem noteworthy, as reported by Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio, when politicians finish speaking to the Milwaukee Press Club, they’re usually made available for additional questions from the media.
But Friday, Thompson tried to quickly leave a press club luncheon. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Columnist Dan Bice waited for Thompson out on the sidewalk and started asking the former governor a few questions including about homes Thompson owns elsewhere, “You just bought a house in Florida last year, right (yeh) you had nine condos in Washington.”
As he got into the passenger seat of his SUV, Thompson replied that he’s always voted in Wisconsin and came home almost every weekend. Bice tried to ask Thompson more questions, but Thompson aide Lisa Boothe insisted the vehicle door be shut, “We can’t close the door if you don’t move, excuse me, excuse me.”
Here’s some exclusive video of Tommy Thompson and his campaign staff refusing to answer questions from members of the media.
So what I’m wondering is why Tommy Thompson is so afraid to answer questions from the media. Why won’t he answer questions about extreme positions he’s taken in the past….and what does he have to hide?