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Democrats call on Thompson to fire aide

CREATED Sep 13, 2012

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  • MILWAUKEE - The final race to fill outgoing Democratic Senator Herb Kohl's seat is now underway.

    Madison Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, a Republican, are starting their campaigns Wednesday for November's general election.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate is calling on Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson to fire a campaign staffer who emailed and sent a Twitter message linking to Democrat Tammy Baldwin dancing at a gay pride festival.

Tate called on Thompson to fire political director Brian Nemoir on Thursday.

Thompson's campaign spokeswoman Lisa Boothe called the request a desperate move meant to distract voters from Baldwin's record. Nemoir did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Thompson on Tuesday said Nemoir shouldn't have sent the message. Baldwin's campaign and Tate have called it a divisive, personal attack.

Baldwin is looking to become the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate.

The video shows her dancing at a 2010 gay pride event on the University of Wisconsin campus.