After ’18 loss, Nicholson says he’s still committed to conservative cause

Kevin Nicholson, who faced questions during his 2018 Senate campaign about his political background, said he remains committed to the conservative cause and to bringing more into the movement.

Whether that includes another run for office will be worked out in the future, he said.

Nicholson was president of the national College Democrats before he later served in the U.S. Marines and had what he said was a political conversion to the Republican Party. Some questioned his authenticity in the Senate race as he lost the GOP nomination to Leah Vukmir, who went on to lose to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.

But he said in an interview with WisPolitics.com at the GOP state convention that he plans to remain involved in the party even after his loss and is trying to spread the message. He has attended a string of county GOP Lincoln Day dinners around the state and emceed an event Friday night at the convention that included conservative activist Candace Owens.

“That is going to be my goal going forward,” Nicholson said. “How it works out with specific elections and so forth, I’m not sure. But for now, it’s the right thing to do.”

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, had pledged to serve a maximum of two terms, which would mean not seeking re-election in 2022. But he has since hedged on that. Meanwhile, Republicans will be looking for a nominee to take on Gov. Tony Evers that same year.

Nicholson said he hasn’t made up his mind about another run, nor whether he’d be interested in a bid for state or federal office. His focus now is on 2020 and helping Donald Trump win re-election.

“Then we’ll worry about 2022 after that,” Nicholson said. “That will be the right time to figure that out.”

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