For Immediate Release
Monday, April 30, 2018
Contact: Brad Bainum, email@example.com
Laughing Off “Unity” Pledge, Kevin Nicholson Further Escalates Nasty GOP Primary Conflict with Leah Vukmir
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson imposed the pledge in January, after months of Nicholson-Vukmir infighting
MADISON — In an interview that aired Sunday on WKOW-TV’s Capital City Sunday, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson officially shredded the so-called “unity pledge” that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson forced Nicholson and his GOP opponent, Leah Vukmir, to sign in January, after months of infighting.
The unity pledge, put forth by Johnson and the Republican Party of Wisconsin, called on Nicholson and Vukmir to commit to:
[A] respectful pursuit of the endorsement of grassroots conservatives at state convention and the Republican nomination, running a campaign focused on defeating Senator Tammy Baldwin, and supporting whoever the Republican nominee is when the primary is over.
Despite their pledge, Vukmir and Nicholson have nevertheless spent the past four months focused on attacking and disrespecting not just each other, but — at least in Nicholson’s case — even Gov. Scott Walker’s family members and Wisconsin grassroots Republican activists.
Here’s a curated timeline of Vukmir and Nicholson’s steadily escalating personal attacks since each signed the unity pledge in January:
“Despite Ron Johnson and the Wisconsin Republican Party’s best efforts, Vukmir and Nicholson can’t stop finding new ways to tear each other down,” said Brad Bainum, DPW spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race. “But no matter how personal their attacks get, Vukmir and Nicholson can’t distract from their deeply unpopular, hardline agenda that’s a giveaway to their right-wing billionaire donors at the expense of Wisconsinites.”
Watch Nicholson laughing off Sen. Ron Johnson’s unity pledge here: