If this isn’t a sign of just how motivated Democratic voters are ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, then it’s hard to know what would be.
According to a new CNN report, the parents of a Republican Senate candidate in Wisconsin have contributed the maximum legal amount – to their son’s Democratic opponent.
As the report notes, GOP candidate Kevin Nicholson announced his candidate just months ago, but mom and dad have already maxed out their primary campaign donations to Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
More from CNN:
Nicholson announced last July that he would seek the Republican nomination for US Senate in Wisconsin. A Federal Election Commission filing by Baldwin’s campaign dated February 5 and available online shows that each of Nicholson’s parents, Donna and Michael, donated $2,700 to Baldwin in December 2017. FEC rules stipulate that those donations are the maximum Nicholson’s parents can donate to Baldwin during the primary election. They can donate up to that amount again during the general election.
Nicholson played off the donations: “My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective.”
He continued, according to CNN: “I’m a conservative today not because I was born one, but because of the experience I earned as a Marine in combat, my experience as a husband and father, my choice to be a Christian, the schools I chose to attend and the decision to pursue the career that I have. Regardless of who may disagree with my life decisions, I would not trade these experiences for anything, and they will always guide my views as Wisconsin’s next U.S. Senator.”
Despite his comments, it’s nothing short of embarrassing that the folks who know him best – literally, his folks – don’t think he should be a U.S. Senator. And lucky for them, they’ll be able to fork over more money for Baldwin once the primary season wraps up and the official general election campaign is underway.
At that point, it’s unclear whether Nicholson will be around to take on the Democratic incumbent, but his parents will certainly be there to help ensure she beats whoever the Republicans nominate.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.