Mark Neumann Latest Hard Right Candidate in Wisconsin


All eyes continue on Wisconsin as former Congressman Mark Neumann announced his plan to run for U.S. Senate, bringing yet another far-right candidate into the mix and setting up a battle within the party between Neumann and likely candidate Tommy Thompson.

Neumann, a hard-right conservative, has picked up the tentative support of Tea Party king-maker Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C) who sees a Thompson candidacy as unacceptably moderate and mainstream. After all, Neumann is on record as endorsing the “eradication” of a gay and lesbian lifestyle because it is “unacceptable.” Neumann also believes in coerced pregnancy and forced-birth, refusing to accept anything short of a complete abortion ban, even in cases of rape and incest. Neumann also opposes all forms of birth control access for women, which, at this point, places him about in the center of the Republican party.

Thompson, on the other hand, may be a Republican of bygone days. He’s seen now as a moderate, not so much for his stance on policy but because of how far to the right his party has lurched.

Should Neumann get the nomination, those extreme views will place him in stark contrast with Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) who has indicated her interest in running for the seat. Baldwin is openly gay and a strong advocate for women and children. She is wildly popular and many see her as the natural standard-bearer for Wisconsin progressives.

Frankly, a Neumann-Baldwin match-up would perfectly encapsulate the division between the right and the left, both in Wisconsin and nationwide. For those of us hoping to moderate the direction of policy coming from the right, a Neumann candidacy is the last thing this country needs.

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Terrie Lynn Balmer

Did somebody put something in the drinking water in Wisconsin? Where the devil are these right right wing maggots coming from?

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

From under what rock are these creature coming from?

Ralph R Sutton
Ralph R Sutton6 years ago

He isn't paying attention to what is happening in his own state. The Tea Party has lost a third of their following in just the last year. They once represented a little over 30% of the republican party, but that had declined sharply following the exposure of their radical agenda to only about 20% and it seems to be continuing to decline. I really don't give Neumann much chance of winning if he is the candidate the republicans select to run against Baldwin. Republicans would stand a much better chance of being able to compete if Thompson were their candidate.

Tierney G.
Tierney G6 years ago

The religious right or fundamentalists or dominionists whatever you want to call them. They are in control of the Repblicon party now. I do not beleive the republican party even exists anymore at least how they used to be. Might as well change their names to Christian talibanists party.

Sound Mind
Ronald E6 years ago

Yep, Communism and Fascism are exact opposites. Under Communism, people exploit people.

Gayle J.
Gayle, J6 years ago

I certainly hope the people of Wisconsin have learned their lesson about voting for right wing conservative tea party lunatics. If they vote this creep in, then they truly deserve what they get.

Jeanie Johnson
Jeanie Johnson6 years ago

I remember Mark Neumann from years ago in more local politics and if anything he has become more extremist and more virulent in his rhetoric and views. We are struggling in Wisconsin with a horrendous redistricting which has chopped communities apart. Efforts are ongoing to sort out the best and most expedient ways to educate voters on the hows, where's and when's to update their information and locate the places where they can vote. It is a huge task especially in economically hard hit areas where citizens are struggling to find work AND deal with keeping informed on the Walker administrations constant moves to undermine workers rights and pull supports away from the middle class and poor. We don't believe Walker when he tries to tell us that all he wants is to have good relationships in the state between the parties. BS. Neumann's views on women, abortion, gay and lesbian rights and most likely on the environment as well are a part of this Handmaid's Tale style of government take over by the extreme right wing fundamentalist tea party. He is just one of a Commander-type man who espouses male supremacy. Here's to Margaret Atwood for such a prescient tale. Woe to us if we do not wake up.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

More and more--government of the rich by the rich for the rich. Even our foreign policy is mostly for the benefit of the leaders of the large international corporations. Find a natural disaster or political upheaval--move in--demand that all foreign debts be paid NOW--offer a consolidation loan from the IMF on CONDITION that the country eliminate whatever social safety net it has and impose such severe austerity that it takes a reign of terror to stop the mayhem in the streets in protest over the austerity.

Wayne M.
Wayne M6 years ago

And to think my parents served in the Air Force during the Second World War to defeat governments run by people like these!

I find it interesting that these people speak of less government but want to enact laws to control people's personal lives, even ban the responsible use of birth control.