KLAUSER TO NEUMANN: LEAVE THE FIELD
A bit of background. When Mark Neumann launched his bid for governor, James Klauser was his most prominent supporter. Klauser had been defacto "deputy governor" under Tommy Thompson's administration and his endorsementgave Neumann credibility. Last year, however, Klauser grew disullusioned with what he saw as a sputtering campaign and withdrew his support and endorsed Scott Walker. This week he is releasing this letter to Neumann:
The last time I wrote you I stated it was time to coalesce around the Republican candidate best able to be elected governor in November 2010. While I appreciate you may have a different view, time has validated my judgment.
Earlier in 2009 when I considered your candidacy you told me that you would conduct a positive campaign with ideas that could address Wisconsin’s problems. You assured me that you would run a positive campaign; that you would adhere to Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment not to attack a fellow Republican.
Today I write to you as I am aghast at where your campaign has gone. You are violating the Reagan commandment.
The event you "staged" at the Republican convention was phony and hollow. I watched in amazement your shallowness and contrivance. You well know, since you were the Republican candidate in 5 elections (2 you won, 3 you lost), that guests are allowed "inside" if they register and pay the appropriate fee. At this convention I arranged for several people to so observe. Your claim of outsider, not being allowed in, was staged and phony.
Now I see you are holding press conferences to attack your primary opponent. As a math teacher you know that your criticism is contrived. All this for media attention; to mislead the voters.
My dad always told me to sell myself; not to knock down the other fellow. I expect yours did as well. You’re not following that sage guidance
I hope you stop; you are only helping the democrats. It is time for you to leave the field before your integrity is permanently besmirched.
In any event I must ask you to return the contributions which Shirley and I have made to your campaign. You obtained them under the false pretense that you would run a positive campaign focusing on the liberal democrats. You haven’t done that.
/s/ James R. Klauser
June 7, 2010