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All I know is what I read in the papers

Sometimes you really do miss out by reading a newspaper online.

The "story" (to use the term loosely) about Tommy Thompson naming co-chairs for his still tentative Senate race was first reported on and then surfaced on the Journal Sentinel website two days later.

It seemed like an item that might rate a couple of paragraphs in the paper's political blog.  I've announced a lot of campaign chairs, finance chairs, steering committee, endorsements, and the like for a variety of candidates over the years.  Most of those press releases went into the reporters' circular files, where the probably belonged.

So it was amazing to see an actual dead tree copy of the Journal Sentinel today and discover that the news of Thompson's naming some co-chairs, Jim Klauser and J.B. Van Hollen was the top story of the day on page one.

Of all the things that happened in the world on Wednesday, that was the most important.

Who woulda thunk it?

Klauser may actually have a role in the campaign, if there really is a campaign.  Last we heard,  Tommy was waiting to see if Russ Feingold was running or not.  If Feingold's in, Thompson't out, it is rumored.

Van Hollen?  Purely ceremonial.  Not sure what Tommy thinks he gets out of having him on his team, but it certainly won't be political advice.

Tommy's press person should get a big fat bonus.  But he/she had some receptive co-conspirators at the newspaper, or this story wouldn't have ever been written, let alone run with a double byline as the day's top story. 

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August 18, 2011 - 4:36pm

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