In an interview with WisPolitics earlier this week, Terrence Wall, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, made it abundantly clear he plans on running a highly partisan and negative race if he’s chosen as the Republican Party’s nominee to oppose Sen. Russ Feingold.
Though he’s running for the seat currently held by Sen. Feingold, Wall couldn’t resist the chance to take a shot at Sen. Herb Kohl, saying he didn’t plan on significantly self-funding his U.S. Senate campaign:
“I don’t think it’s wise to pull a Herb Kohl and try to purchase an election,”
It’s important to note Wall indicated he didn’t plan on significantly self-funding, but he didn’t rule it out. What’s more, the fact that he felt the need to get in a cheap shot at Sen. Kohl shows what kind of hyper-partisan T. Wall is.
In discussing Sen. Feingold’s criticism of cap and trade, Wall said Feingold’s maverick stance on issues in general is a “façade”:
“You look at his voting record, it is far, far left. It is right up there with Nancy Pelosi,” Wall said, referring to the Democratic House Speaker from California. “He votes exactly how Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership tell him to vote.
Putting aside the fact that it’s more than a little hard to believe that a U.S. Senator would take his marching orders from the Speaker of the House, it’s plainly obvious T. Wall hasn’t done any basic research, because if he had he’d know Sen. Feingold voted with the Democratic Party on only 77.3 percent of 353 votes during the 111th Congress. Only ten U.S. Senators voted with their party less than Sen. Feingold, and among those ten are noted moderates such as Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Democratic Sens. Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson. It’s clear to anyone with basic comprehension skills that Sen. Feingold doesn’t simply vote the party line, and it’s shameful that Terrence Wall would resort to an outright lie in an attempt to score cheap political points.
What I found most telling about the kind of U.S. Senator Terrence Wall would really be is the fact that Wall said it’s apparent to him through polling that the majority of Americans do not want a “government takeover of our health care system.” While Terrence Wall may think governing by polling is the right way to do things, I’d rather have a U.S. Senator who will do what’s right, even if it’s not what’s popular. Then again, if Terrence Wall forms his opinions on issues based on public opinion polling, then perhaps he’d be interested to know polling done in Wisconsin shows 61% of residents favored replacing the current health care system with a new system administered entirely by state government that covers all Wisconsinites. What’s more, when it comes to how responsible the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Government should be in making sure that all state residents have access to both high quality and affordable health care 44% said the State of Wisconsin should be extremely or quite responsible and 55% said the Federal Government should be extremely or quite responsible.