A member of the state Republican Party’s executive committee says an endorsement vote will happen at the convention in May, defending the process that’s under fire from some candidates.
“I’ll say the great majority of candidates that came before the endorsement committee were supportive of the process,” Bill Feehan said on WISN’s “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
Feehan is a member of the executive committee and chairman of the 3rd Congressional District GOP.
“There’s one candidate in particular that has run against the Republican Party and calls us political insiders,” he said.
Feehan didn’t specifically call out Kevin Nicholson who has been highly critical of the process and the state party.
“Well, it is a machine,” Feehan said. “And you better have an organization with people that know how to run campaigns on a statewide basis.”
Nicholson launched an online petition in an attempt to force a “no endorsement” option and other county parties are calling for the same.
“What I would say to them is there already is a no endorsement option,” Feehan said. “For a candidate to reach 60 percent of support by the delegates is not guaranteed. There has been many times where a candidate has not reached that threshold.”
The rules, determined by the 27-member executive committee, require candidates for governor and U.S. Senate to raise at least $100,000 from at least 1,000 donors by March 15.
Feehan said the endorsement committee will hear from several more candidates and make recommendations for the full executive committee to approve before the convention.
“There is some disagreement between members of the committee about who should be allowed to participate in the endorsement process and who shouldn’t,” Feehan said. “And ultimately, those differences will be resolved by the state executive committee as a whole.”
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