The reason it is easy for conservatives to support Vukmir is because she is one of us. She has been one of us for decades and has been a leader in the Wisconsin conservative movement. Furthermore, she went to Madison with her conservative beliefs and has been an effective leader who advanced mountains of conservative legislation into law. It is not an exaggeration to say that Vukmir has been one of the most important conservatives in Wisconsin in the past 20 years.
Robinson wrote we have to take Nicholson’s conversion to conservatism at face value. However, Robinson wonders where Nicholson was during the major political fights in Wisconsin the past few years.
I welcome Nicholson into the conservative movement with open arms. We have a big tent. But now Nicholson is running for one of Wisconsin’s two seats in the United States Senate and he does not have any actual track record of conservative achievement to evaluate.
So far, Nicholson has proven to be an articulate spokesman for conservatism, but only since he began running for the U.S. Senate. Where was he during the battle for Act 10? Where was he when the Wisconsin Legislature was passing concealed carry? Where was his advocacy for the rights of the unborn? Where was Nicholson when Republicans were battling over right-to-work legislation? Where was he when Republicans were cutting taxes? Where was he when liberals were protesting Walker and Republican leaders? Where was Nicholson when school choice was being expanded statewide?
I don’t know where he was. I know exactly where Vukmir was. She was right in the thick of it.
The column originally ran in the West Bend News, but Robinson’s column often runs in the other Conley newspapers including the Waukesha Freeman and the Ozaukee County News Graphic.