Candidates for U.S. Senate have been dropping off their nominating papers at the state Government Accountability Board for the past couple of weeks. The GAB is a public building.
These have been pretty casual, almost impromptu, events. The candidates (Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday, Mark Neumann last week, Eric Hovde earlier this month) drop off their papers, have a photo op and do a brief Q&A.
So I was a little taken aback by this, in the e-mail from the Tommy Thompson campaign telling us he’ll be dropping off his papers today:
Members of the media wishing to take advantage of photo availability and the brief press availability thereafter are required to RSVP with the campaign. An RSVP, identification and official credentials are required for admittance.
A call to the campaign seeking clarification – I thought maybe the press availability was to be elsewhere – yielded an apology “for the typo,” and that the campaign was just looking for a media headcount, after I pointed out that the GAB is a public building, and the campaign wouldn’t be able to check ID and credentials at the door.
Thompson’s GAB appearance comes in the wake of the state Republican Party convention, where the former governor had a disappointing third place finish in the endorsement vote.