Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Parents of GOP US Senate candidate gave max contributions to Tammy Baldwin

Parents of GOP US Senate candidate gave max contributions to Tammy Baldwin

If Kevin Nicholson's parents support his political aspirations, they have an odd way of showing it: Donna and Michael Nicholson donated to their Republican son's potential general-election opponent - a Democrat - months after their child's own campaign announcement.

The parents of Kevin Nicholson, who is running for the Wisconsin seat held by Sen.

Federal records show that Nicholson's parents, Michael and Donna Nicholson, both gave $2,700 in December to Baldwin. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), has raised over $1.2 million for his 2018 campaign to unseat the nation's first openly gay senator.

Nicholson is vying with at least one other Republican, state Sen. Nicholson will first face State Senator Leah Vukmir in the primary before potentially facing Baldwin in November. Nicholson, who has spoken about growing up in a Democratic family, claimed not to be shocked by the lack of parental support. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who ran on Hillary Clinton's ticket as her vice president.

Republicans are targeting Wisconsin this year after Sen. But some are questioning his conservative credentials: Nicholson was once president of the College Democrats and actually spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in support of Al Gore.

In a statement to CNN, Nicholson said since his parents are Democrats, it is not surprising that they would contribute to Baldwin's campaign.

"Regardless of who may disagree with my life decisions, I would not trade these experiences for anything, and they will always guide my views as Wisconsin's next USA senator".

The tension between Nicholson and his parents is nothing new.

The revelation about his parent's political activities follows a controversy past year, in which Nicholson attacked fellow Wisconsinite and House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying he has a "light footprint in the state", according to a recording obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"They're afraid of being found out as the only Democrats in Mequon", Nicholson said on August 14, 2000.

That's the maximum donation permitted, according to Democratic Party rules.

But it was his experience in Iraq leading combat engineers during the 2007 surge that repelled him from the party, he said recently.

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