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I had the pleasure of joining WISN’s Mike Gousha for his statewide show, UPFRONT. I weighed in on what Donald Trump’s formal nomination means for Wisconsin Republicans and those of us who are #NeverTrump.
You can watch my segment here.
My comments also appeared in this Capital Times article.
Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz took vastly different approaches in their speeches at the Republican National Convention last week. The Capital Times asked me for my take.
“However, it does sadden me to see Walker, a principled leader I respect and support, diminish himself by so wholeheartedly supporting and cheerleading for Trump. I wish he had left the pompons at home and taken the straightforward and understated Rubio approach instead,” Fraley said.
You can read the full piece here.
This whole notion that somehow #NeverTrump dies if it doesn’t result in a different candidate at the convention is ridiculous. Several media outlets have approached me over the last couple weeks to talk about this, one even calling me one of the “fiercest Trump critics in the state.” (I’ll take that as a compliment.)
As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, conservatives opposed to nominating Donald Trump are still fuming about his candidacy and say their fight won’t end in Cleveland — a position that could help put Wisconsin in the Democratic column in November.
“There are many people in the ‘never Trump’ movement who, if Trump successfully gets the nomination in Cleveland, are not going to drop their opposition because he hijacked the party,” said Brian Fraley, a former Wisconsin GOP political director.
Fraley said he is considering voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. He also said Trump picking conservative Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for vice president shows he is worried about the anti-Trump holdouts, but it doesn’t make Trump “any less vulgar or any more trustworthy.”
–The Journal Times; July 18, 2016
Reporters are also asking if the addition of Mike Pence as VP running mate is going to change those who declare themselves #NeverTrump. Maybe some, but as you’ve heard me ask here before, does Pence make Trump more rational, less vulgar, more consistent, less authoritarian, smarter, more conservative, moral, or prepared? Nope. That said I think Pence is what Trump was looking for.
Brian Fraley, a Republican strategist, told Sinclair “the impact of running mates on turnout is traditionally over hyped. Pence is someone who will never, ever, overshadow Trump, and is a conservative with a track record on the Hill and experience running a state. That hit all of Trump’s criteria.”
—Sinclair Broadcast Group; July 14, 2016
Wisconsin’s former AG Peg Lautenschlager is the new chair of the Wisconsin ETHICS Commission. Yes the same Peg Lautenschlager who drove a state vehicle for personal use, and later drove it drunk into a ditch. Check out my comments in these stories with WKOW in Madison and Fox 6 in Milwaukee.
In this new episode of the Dailytakes show, Edge Messaging’s Brian Fraley sits down with Gwyn Guenther. Her Wheeler Report has provided subscribers gavel to gavel coverage of the Wisconsin legislature (and all legislation and legislative committee work) since 1972. The two discuss the company, its products and how the Capitol Press Corps has changed in the 21 years since Guenther began reporting on the Wisconsin legislature.
The effort to deny Democrat Donald Trump the Republican nomination for president continues. It most certainly remains a long shot, but it is not an impossibility.
I spoke with one of the #FreeTheDelegate leaders here in Wisconsin, Dane County’s David Blaska. He’s an alternate delegate from the 2nd Congressional District and has long fought the good fight for conservatives from the heart of ultra-liberal Dane County.