Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson is having some trouble getting his family on board. A few months ago, he announced his bid for Senate, attempting to unseat Democratic incumbent Tammie Baldwin. Shortly afterward, his parents donated the maximum legal amount to Baldwin’s campaign.
It’s a story that’s been popping up all around the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump – fractured family. Many describe having strained relationships with their families after the election, citing wildly different beliefs about the world as one root cause. More troubling, families are reporting that these frictions do not decrease over time; they only grow.
Nicholson maintains that the time he spent in the Marines turned him into a conservative, but his family is relatively liberal. Nicholson claims that part of what changed his mind about politics was that he saw how Democrats were lying about war and its effects.
“We were stabilizing that country…And what I was hearing back home was a complete and absolute lie, as politicians were running around calling it a failure.”
However, it does not appear Democrats are the only ones to call the War on Terror a failure. Candidate Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Secretary Clinton in 2016 for her “yes” vote on the Iraq War, saying that it displayed “bad judgment.”
Nicholson’s parents declined to comment for the story, but he was caught on tape criticizing House Speaker and fellow Wisconsinite, Paul Ryan. Nicholson has denied that his family’s political views influence his own as a Republican.
Both of Nicholson’s parents, Donna and Michael, have donated $2700 each to Tammy Baldwin’s primary campaign. The rules of the Federal Election Commission dictate that they cannot give any more for a primary election. But his family will be able to give just as much during the general, and from Nicholson’s telling, it sounds like they will.
“It is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective,” says Nicholson.