At 80, Tommy Thompson Won’t Rule Another Race for Governor of Wisconsin | Local government


Tommy Thompson, who has been elected four times governor of Wisconsin and is completing his term as interim president of the University of Wisconsin system, said on Tuesday he was not ruling out another gubernatorial candidacy.

The 80-year-old Republican told WISN-TV that “everything is on the table.”

In the recent episode of Rewind: Your Week in Review, Editor-in-chief JR Ross and Capital Times opinion-writer Jessie Opoien discuss the appointment of former Governor Tommy Thompson as interim chairman of the UW system. It happened after University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen stepped down from the one and only appointment. Under current university policy, acting appointments cannot seek permanent employment unless they are granted a waiver, and Thompson has requested to receive the minimum wage of $ 489,334. UW Regents Karen Walsh, a person nominated by Evers, and President Regent Andrew Petersen, a person nominated by Walker, both support Thompson.

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“I’m not saying it’s in the cards,” Thompson told WISN. “But, I am physically and mentally capable of doing anything.”

Thompson said he would discuss his future with his family in April. He will resign as interim UW president on March 18.

Former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is the current most prominent Republican running for governor. Former US Senate candidates Eric Hovde and Kevin Nicholson are also considering running.

Kleefisch said he raised $ 3.3 million in the four months following the launch of his campaign. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said he raised $ 10 million last year for his re-election bid.

Thompson was governor from 1987 to 2001, when he left mid-term to serve as US Secretary of Health and Human Services. He briefly ran for president in 2007 and last ran for public office in 2012, losing the U.S. Senate race to Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin.

The primary for the governor is August 9.

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