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Senate candidate’s senior adviser attacks Baldwin for her sexual orientation

LOUIS WEISBERG | Wisconsin Gazette
Saturday, September 8, 2012

The senior political adviser for former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson’s U.S. Senate campaign has posted a Twitter message questioning rival Tammy Baldwin’s suitability for the office due to her sexual orientation.

Apparently timed around Baldwin’s speech before the Democratic National Convention, the message from Brian Nemoir included a link to a video showing Baldwin dancing with the disco band VO5, whose members are dressed up in Wonder Woman costumes and playing the theme to the comic-based television series.

The footage is from an August 2010 Pride event held on Library Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Senate candidates: Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-Wisc.), and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

“Clearly, there’s no one better positioned to talk ‘heartland values’ than Tammy,” Nemoir wrote sarcastically. If elected, Baldwin, who represents the Madison area in Congress, would become the first out gay person ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

Nemoir’s message was first reported by WisPolitics.com. He’s admitted sending out the tweet. Spokespeople from both campaigns have declined questions from the media about the incident.

In criticizing Baldwin over her personal life, Nemoir could be wading into dangerous territory. Thompson, who served as governor for four terms, has long been gossiped about among Madison insiders for his alleged philandering. Despite all the rumors, no former mistress yet has come forward during the campaign to tattle on him.

Thompson governed as a moderate on many issues, but he maintained a hardline position against LGBT equality throughout his long political career, which includes both holding elected office and cashing in on his connections as a high-profile Beltway lobbyist.

Thompson eliminated former Gov. Tony Earl’s Council on Lesbian and Gay Issues during his first term as governor. During a 2009 Republican primary presidential debate, he said it should be legal to fire employees based on their sexual orientation.

In 2006, Thompson refused to join the coalition of former governors who opposed amending the state Constitution to ban legal recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions.

Nemoir’s anti-gay feelings appear to be limited only to out LGBT people. He formerly directed the controversial retention campaign of embattled Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, who is rumored to be gay.

A complaint remains open against Prosser for allegedly putting his hands on the neck of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument last June. He has acknowledged calling Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “bitch” in February 2010, but says he never choked Bradley. He claims he raised his hands against her in self-defense because he believed she was going to attack him.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. I just surprised it took them this long.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:34pm
  2. Its gonna be funny when one of their kids turns out to play for our team.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:36pm
  3. This Thompson guy obviously has issues with all women and LGBT citizens.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:36pm
  4. Creepy little spud.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:37pm
  5. when FACTS d onot work..attack life style

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:38pm
  6. so? whats the point? it’s not like she’s gonna invite all the girls over and have one big lesbian orgy

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:48pm
  7. First gay senator? Other than King, Buchanan, and Frank (offhand), right?

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:55pm
  8. There’s never been an openly gay US Senator, so whomever you’re referring to is just speculation @JL Hatlen

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 3:09pm
  9. I am not surprised… What a poor excuse for a human that advisor is!

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 3:14pm
  10. That is classless.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 4:59pm
  11. Typical Re-Puke-lican Reich Wing Nazi shit…cuz they have nothing better to do.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 7:14pm
  12. You knew it was only a matter of time before they’d dive into the sewer. . .

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 8:10pm
  13. Do you really expect anythin less from republicans……..

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 10:08am