Wisconsin has on of the better organized Republican parties. It enabled Scott Walker to protect himself upon recall, a situation where most fail. Wisconsin is in for a big shakeup with the resignation of Paul Ryan. Ryan not seeking reelection opens up the critical first district. It also enables Paul Ryan to play a larger role in state politics. Ryan is a great example of being Conservative when not in power. But once given the scepter as Speaker of the House, he changed. And by the time a Republican was in the Whitehouse, he impeded the advancement of conservative agenda, particularly with budgeting and spending, his prior specialties. Wisconsin may be far from free of his influence, but in the meantime, Conservatism has opportunities to advance, particularly in the Senate race. Leah Vurkmir is an excellent candidate to flip the seat red in November.
Best Picks: Nick Polce, Leah Vurkmir
Worst Picks: Paul Nehlen, Jennifer Vipond
Best Race: US Senate
Worst Race: District 1
This race is a classic Conservative vs the Establishment scenario, or so some would have you believe… The race comes down to Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vurkmir. Leah Vurkmir has the backing of the Wisconsin Republican machine. This sounds bad, except this machine is better functioning than most states. Leah Vurkmir is actually one of Wisconsin’s top conservatives in the state senate. Her record provides credibility to her ability to cut spending and repeal Obamacare. She has the backing of most local politicians, including the RINOs in the House. Kevin Nicholson fancies himself as an outsider. He has the endorsement of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Other Conservative organizations have also weighed in on his behalf. Kevin Nicholson was initially the choice of Steve Bannon. So an outsider he may be but a Conservative? That is the question. He stance on his website are solid but no more Conservative than Vurkmir’s. The biggest knock on Vurkmir is the endorsements she has from RINOs. With two solid Conservative candidates, the next level of vetting should focus more on the general election. By all means, Vurkmir has a greater chance in the general. The GOP is organized in Wisconsin and can more easily flip this seat with Vurkmir at the nomination.
Conservative Pick: Leah Vurkmir
With Paul Ryan leaving, this Conservative district can send an actua Conservative to DC. There are three notable candidates. The first is Paul Nehlen. Nehlen got crushed, multiple times, by Paul Ryan, before he went heretical Jew-hater that got him kicked off of Twitter. Hard pass. The second is Brian Steil. Steil has the GOP backing, and is most likely to win. Still, the support of a disgraced Paul Ryan doesn’t covey Conservatism. Steil’s listed positions are very bland. Nick Polce is the third candidate. He was running before Paul Ryan dropped out. Nick Polce delivers on articulating Conservative ideas. Among them are making Social Security voluntary; cutting Congressional pay and benefits; removing corporate subsidies.
Conservative Pick: Nick Polce
There are no Republicans in this race
Steve Toft is the only Republican running.
There are two Republicans in this race. The more serious candidate appears to be Cindy Werner. It’s a mystery how she would vote, but her campaign is a longshot.
Conservative Pick: Cindy Werner
Jim Sensenbrenner is a career politician, but he is a solid Conservative. His Liberty Score of 80 is the highest out of Wisconsin. But given his decades in DC, a younger Conservative would be the pick. Alas, his challenger is weak on protecting liberty. Jennifer Vipond is also likely to support funding for Planned Parenthood. Her position causes one to doubt her stated belief that abortion is a “tragedy”.
Conservative Pick: Jim Sensenbrenner
It’s hard to gauge whether Glenn Grothman is a RINO or a Conservative. His voting record is so inconsistent, it’s hard to tell. It’s rare for someone’s voting record to be this inconsistent. He is unopposed.
Sean Duffy is an unchallenged RINO.
Mike Galleger is an unchallenged RINO.