(Bloomberg) –Â Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history, dropped to the floor of theÂ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial boardÂ room last week and ripped through his morning push-up routine, as a video camera recorded a state political icon exercising in his stockingÂ feet.
â€œThompson flexes muscle,â€ read the headline on a video posted by the newspaper in its Aug. 8 online version. â€œSenate candidate, 70, knocks out 50 push-ups.â€
The comeback trail for Thompson winds through a landscape foreign to a Republican accustomed to working withÂ Democrats. The politics of confrontation now dominate Wisconsin, as Tea Party-backed GovernorÂ Scott WalkerÂ sparked and then survived a recall battle prompted by curbs on public employee collective bargaining. The state will be even more in the spotlight now thatÂ Mitt RomneyÂ has chosen Wisconsin RepublicanÂ congressmanÂ Paul Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, as his vice presidential runningÂ mate.
Vitality is not the issue for four-term governor Thompson, who started the national welfare-reform debate by requiring able-bodied recipients in his state to find work and served as secretary ofÂ Health and Human ServicesÂ under PresidentÂ George W. Bush. In Wisconsin, a state whose motto is â€œForward,â€ the political rebuttal to Thompson and his more than 40 years of public service is â€œbackward.â€
â€œTommy needs to retire now,â€ saidÂ Susan Corkum, who runs an art gallery in Menominee Falls, a Milwaukee suburb that is part of the Republican stronghold of Waukesha County. â€œI enjoyed him as governor and I have nothing bad to say about him, but we need fresh faces and voices. Otherwise, everything stays theÂ same.â€
The anti-tax Tea Party is fresh from Republican primary victories in Indiana and Texas, where establishment-backed officials were overthrown by candidates eschewing political compromise. In the Indiana race, Tea Party-backed state TreasurerÂ Richard MourdockÂ defeated six-term IndianaÂ Senator Richard Lugar.
Banker and investorÂ Eric Hovde, 48, former CongressmanÂ Mark Neumann, 58, and State Assembly SpeakerÂ Jeff Fitzgerald, 45, and Thompson have pledged that after they defeat the Democratic nominee,Â Representative Tammy Baldwin, in November, they will go to Washington and cut taxes, balance the budget and repeal PresidentÂ Barack Obamaâ€™s health-careÂ law.
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