May 13, 2017, "Wisconsin Republicans embrace President Trump at state convention," AP, via Fox6now.com, Wisconsin Dells
"Wisconsin Republicans repeatedly praised President
Donald Trump at their state convention Saturday, a stark contrast to
last year when his name was rarely mentioned amid turmoil over his
Republicans also focused their attention on helping Gov. Scott Walker
and Attorney General Brad Schimel win re-election next year and
defeating Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The annual GOP convention
brought together hundreds of party insiders, activists and officeholders
for speeches, awards and socializing.
It also gave Republicans a chance to bask in huge electoral wins both
in Wisconsin and nationally last year. President Trump was the first
Republican presidential nominee to carry Wisconsin since 1984, U.S. Sen.
Ron Johnson won re-election and Republicans increased majorities in the
And while many Republicans shied away from President Trump last year
when he was the presumptive nominee, not even mentioning his name at the
convention, this year they were hailing him as president.
“I never get tired of saying Republican President Donald Trump,” said state party chairman Brad Courtney.
Johnson, who was among the many who didn’t mention President Trump at
the convention last year, kicked this year’s gathering off by saying
President Trump’s win helped to “save” the U.S. Supreme Court. And Alex
Walker, the son of the governor and chairman of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison College Republican, highlighted the effort of young
people in electing President Trump. He did not mention Trump last year
and instead talked about how college students were united behind
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has clashed with President Trump but
refused this week to criticize his firing of FBI Director James Comey,
used his speech to thank Wisconsin for delivering its 10 electoral votes
to President Trump. Democrats are so angry about President Trump and
GOP victories they will be mobilized for next year’s midterm elections
so Republicans must be ready, said U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy.
Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth thanked Senate President Scott
Fitzgerald for being an early backer of President Trump when “nobody,
and I mean nobody,” in Wisconsin was supporting him. President Trump divided Wisconsin Republicans [how?] and lost the Wisconsin
primary to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Walker endorsed Cruz in the primary but
eventually came to back President Trump. But just like last year, Walker
didn’t mention President Trump in his speech Saturday.
Democrats argue President Trump’s win will come back to haunt Republicans on the ballot in Wisconsin next year.
“The only people more surprised than Democrats that President Trump
won the Electoral College last year were Scott Walker’s establishment
Wisconsin Republicans,” said Scot Ross, director of the liberal group
One Wisconsin Now. “In 2018 when President Trump’s catastrophic first
two years are back on the ballot, Scott Walker and Republicans on the
campaign trail will go back to treating him as a silent partner.”
Ross also said Ryan and GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher haven’t held any town
halls this year because President Trump has been a “disaster.” Ryan on
Friday defended not holding any town halls, saying he didn’t want his
constituents to be harassed.
Walker focused his speech on his record and looking ahead to his
re-election campaign. Walker received a standing ovation from the
roughly 600 people in attendance when he said he was “ready” for four
“I am ready to do more to help move Wisconsin forward – the simple question this morning is – are you ready?” Walker said. Walker spoke for just 12 minutes, about half as long as last year,
and his slot was moved up so he could leave to attend the college
graduation ceremony of his son, Alex Walker.
Schimel cast his re-election against Democratic attorney Josh Kaul as
the choice between a supporter of the state’s voter identification law
and an opponent of it. Kaul is lead attorney in a lawsuit fighting the
law, which Schimel is defending."...
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Wisconsin Republicans repeatedly praised President Trump at their state convention Saturday, May 13, basking in increased majorites statewide after Nov. 2016 election. Trump was first GOP pres. nominee to carry Wisconsin since 1984. 'I never get tired of saying Republican President Donald Trump,' said state party chmn-AP
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