I love this…
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon took the most votes at the Republican Party’s state convention here, but fell short of the 60% needed to secure the endorsement. It was a surprisingly strong showing for Fitzgerald, who has lagged in fundraising and polling.
Thompson, elected governor four times, was knocked off in the second ballot with 18.5% of the vote. Madison hedge fund manager Eric Hovde was eliminated in the first ballot.
In the final ballot, Fitzgerald edged former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, 51.5% to 48.5%. Fitzgerald and observers said the vote breathed new life into his campaign.
Considering the difficulty Jeff Fitzgerald is having gaining traction with voters and donors, I’d love to see him as the Republican U.S. Senate nominee. What’s more, Fitzgerald’s work to end collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin would no doubt be an albatross around his neck in the general election.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that out-of-state millionaire carpetbagger Eric Hovde wasn’t able to buy his way to a GOP Senate endorsement a la Ron Johnson in 2010.