The throng heard from more than a dozen speakers, including locals tea party organizers from across the state, radio talk show hosts and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Thompson told the cheering crowd that, despite chants from the assembled of “Run,Tommy, Run,” and despite his desire to take on Senator Russ Feingold this November, he would honor a promise made to his family and allow the next generation of conservative leaders to take up the cause.
“Boy do I want to run,” he screamed, his face turning red in the middle of his speech in which he roundly criticized Feingold. “I’d love to take this on. But I told my family last night it’s time for new voices and new faces.”
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