‘UpFront’: Nicholson says he’s not taking political split with his parents personally

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson said his world view is different than his parents, who have contributed to Nicholson’s potential opponent, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

“We’ve come to the world view we have through our experiences. Not everybody shares that, and that’s OK,” Nicholson said Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

“Do your parents object to your politics? Is that what we’re talking about? Or the change in you? What is it?” Gousha asked.

“I’m not going to answer for them. I’m a conservative for all the reasons I just talked about,” Nicholson said. “They are not.”

“I don’t take any of this personally,” he said.

Gousha also asked Nicholson, a Marine veteran, what the response should be to the mass shooting in a Florida high school last week that left 17 people dead.

“Something needs to be done,” he said.

“What I can see happening and actually making a difference here is some type of combined federal and state task force set up on mass shootings, in which information is funneled into it. And this is standard that we do in the military when it comes to dealing with the people that we have to fight in combat. You have to actually collate information together to flag these things,” he said.

“If these multiple pieces of information came into a uniform center and had been actually put together, this individual probably would have been stopped earlier,” he said.

Gousha also asked Nicholson what difference it would make if wealthy Madison businessman Eric Hovde — a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012 — got into this year’s race.

“My campaign is going to keep doing what it is doing,” Nicholson said. “We’re bringing a message that you need an outsider with credible experience, and a clear understanding of what the people of Wisconsin are worried about.” 

In another segment, former conservative radio talk show host Jerry Bader says it is not “a guarantee” that judicial conservative Michael Screnock will advance from the primary on Tuesday for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Screnock, a Sauk County Circuit Court judge, is competing against Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet and Madison-area attorney Tim Burns for the right to move on to the April general election.

All are seeking to replace Justice Michael Gableman, who is not running for another 10-year term.

“I don’t think it’s a guarantee that Judge Screnock advances, and I am going to express some personal pessimism here,” Bader said.

“I think this is going to be very tough. (Screnock) has not run a perfect campaign, not a horrible campaign as some have said, but I think that you are looking at a situation where if he clears it, he is going to just clear it,” Bader said.

Democratic communications consultant Melissa Baldauff said Burns, who has embraced the mantle of a progressive in the race, is running an “untested” strategy. Races for Wisconsin Supreme Court are officially non-partisan.

“There is some untested strategies here at play, and I think it’s going to be a matter of whether voters are looking for that kind of transparency about where people stand,” she said.

Gousha asked Baldauff how Democrats are viewing the race Burns is running.

“There’s definitely mixed reactions from the folks that I have talked to. But I don’t think anyone is saying, certainly no one I have heard from, is saying that it is a bad idea to be vocal about who you are, and be authentic, and be honest and transparent about supporting Wisconsin values,” she said.

See more from the program, and a web extra with Jerry Bader on the reasons he says were behind his firing from his radio talk show job: