RPW Convention Recap
Last weekend, I attended the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Appleton. I was impressed that bloggers were actually welcomed at the convention. Boots and Sabers, Right off the Shore, and Lakeshore Laments among other conservative bloggers attended the convention.
Overall, the conventioneers were upbeat and optimistic. Many looked forward to the November elections, especially "dumping Doyle." Tommy Tompson's speech on Saturday summed up the conventioneers complaints about Doyle with a focus on his lack of leadership and failure to lead on a strong Voter ID bill. No matter what other pundits suggest, Tommy Tompson's speech does exhibit strong support for Mark Green. This was readily apparent in his speech and his humorous claim that the Green Bay Packers would climb out of their slump under Doyle and win the super bowl under Mark Green as Governor.
Mark Green's speech had stern criticisms of Doyle's record, such as failing to lowering property taxes and regressive position on expanding education opportunities:
Jim Doyle had his chance to help our taxpayers, and he failed.
He failed by vetoing a property tax freeze three times in just three years and now those taxes have risen another $600 million....
Jim Doyle is standing in the schoolhouse door, blocking thousands of families from their dreams. But you and I are going to kick the door in.
We'll support charters, we'll support choice and we'll support home schooling and we'll never settle for second best when it comes to our kids' education....
It seemed to me though that overall character of Green's speech focused on positive remarks on the character of Wisconin's citizens and ideas for reform.
You are going to hear a lot from me in the coming months about what I think is wrong about the Doyle administration, but it comes directly from a deep-seated belief in what is right about Wisconsin.
Green discussed his beliefs in the importance of family values, Wisconsin's love of the outdoors, strong enforcement of the law, and belief in a Voter ID requirement. Interestingly, Green touched on the fact that is parents are immigrants and his belief that we should honor legal immigrants by "stemming the tide of illegal immigrants."
The Attorney General's race also looks promising for Republicans with two strong candidates in J.B. Van Hollen and Paul Bucher. It is interesting to note that even though both candidates asked for a no-endorsement at the convention J.B. still edged out Paul Bucher in the endorsement process and the straw poll.
You can check out the results and other info about the convention at the Wispolitics Convention Blog.
On the flip side, there were a minor number of protestors outside of the Convention on Saturday. I only noticed one with a sign; they didn't have much of a presence.
This is going to be an exciting election year in Wisconsin.