One of the largest crowds of Door County republicans to turn out for a Lincoln Day Dinner in recent years packed the dining room at the Draft Haus in Sturgeon Bay friday evening. Lincoln Day Dinners by their very nature are intended to light a fire under the party base, especially when an election is only months away. The room was already buzzing long before speaker after speaker appeared, so it didn’t take long for the event to reach its desired effect. Several of the candidates for U.S. Senate were on hand to explain why they were the best choice to replace Sen. Herb Kohl.
If you were looking for star power, you didn’t have to go far to find it in former state legislator, governor, Secretary of Health & Human Services and Presidential candidate, Tommy Thompson. Thompson told WDOR News that he had come out of retirement to mount a campaign for the right reasons…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Thompson01.mp3|titles=Thompson01]
Known for getting things done during his days as governor, Thompson believes he can continue that legacy in the U.S. Senate…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Thompson02.mp3|titles=Thompson02]
Other U.S. Senate candidates on hand at the Door County Lincoln Day Dinner were Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald, and Kip Smith.