Tommy Thompson So Very Out Of Touch With Average Wisconsin Voters


One might be forgiven for not knowing how many shovels are in the garage, or how many coffee pots are in storage that are brought out only for the large family gatherings when they are needed.

But not knowing how many homes one owns?

If someone has that problem they are probably not the type that graces our table, or trades gossip over the back fence.  Someone with so many homes that they lose count does not run in my circle of friends.  I suspect the same is true for the bulk of my readers.

The average voter in Wisconsin will have trouble swallowing the news that Republican senate candidate Tommy Thompson was not able to state how many homes he owns.

When one has so many homes he loses count means he is not the type that can head to Washington and work for the average guy who is struggling to pay one mortgage.

For years, then-Gov. Tommy Thompson complained that he wasn’t earning big bucks as a government official.

Not any more.

Simply ask the U.S. Senate candidate exactly how many residences he owns. Just like U.S. Sen. John McCain, Thompson has a hard time keeping track.

“Three,” the veteran Republican responded last week at a campaign event.

Thompson has three houses? Isn’t there another one?

“No,” he answered without hesitation.

OK, everybody knows about the farm in his hometown of Elroy and the house in Madison. There’s also his family’s relatively new 10,889-square-foot home on the outskirts of the Walt Disney World Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. A Thompson family trust bought that edifice – and its “top of the line everything,” an online ad says – for $675,000 last year after the bank-owned property was marked down from its original $1.4 million asking price.

Thompson acknowledged owning all three houses.

But that was it, he said.

Only later did a correction come from his campaign staff:

He actually has one more place he calls home.

Thompson – who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin – had forgotten his condo off Lake Wisconsin in Sauk County. The property is currently assessed at more than $1.3 million.

Four houses for the former four-term governor

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