ShareThis Page
Political Headlines

Republican Senate hopeful calls Democrat parents intolerant

| Monday, July 16, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. — A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin on Monday called his parents’ decision to support his Democratic opponent “an intentional personal blow” and a “true representation” of political intolerance.

Kevin Nicholson’s comments in an op-ed piece published online by Fox News are among the most forceful yet in a string of criticisms he has made about his parent’s decision to each give the maximum $2,700 allowed to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in December.

The column comes after a new attack ad from a group supporting his Republican opponent questioned whether Nicholson, a former Democrat, could be trusted. The ad used footage of Nicholson speaking in support of abortion rights at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Nicholson’s primary challenger, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, argues she’s the only true conservative in the race. The primary is a month away on Aug. 14.

Nicholson, in the column, described his conversion to the Republican Party as coming through his experiences of getting married, having children, fighting as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan and Iraq, working as a businessman and “my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my savior.”

But he says that conversion came at a cost.

“My parents have since turned their back on me, my wife, their grandchildren, and their extended family,” Nicholson wrote. “Adding to this, they decided to make the maximum contribution to my Democrat opponent in my campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, an intentional personal blow that made headlines across the country. It was deliberate - and it is a true representation of the intolerance of a political philosophy that stands on the false platform of tolerance.”

His parents, Michael and Donna Nicholson of Mequon, have a long history of financial support for Democratic candidates in Wisconsin. They did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Monday.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me