U.S. Senate candidate, state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, filed his nomination papers Thursday with the state Government Accountability Board.
Fitzgerald was the last Senate candidate to complete this formality, and the only one who chose not to alert the press. His Republican rivals, businessman Eric Hovde, former congressman Mark Neumann, and former Governor Tommy Thompson, all held impromptu question and answer sessions, as did Democrat Tammy Baldwin.
The Fitzgerald campaign did put out a press release yesterday:
Prior to the State GOP Convention the campaign had collected under 500 of the 2,000 signatures needed in order to appear on the primary ballot. However, after the convention and using the momentum gained from an outpouring of grassroots support the campaign rolled up its sleeves and spread throughout Wisconsin to collect an impressive total of 3,500 signatures that have been turned in to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB).
Fitzgerald, who pulled off something of a surprise when he finished first in polling for the party nomination at the state GOP convention, may have wanted to avoid the possibility that protestors may have shown up at the GAB, given his pivotal role in moving Governor Scott Walker ‘ s controversial agenda through the Legislature.