• WI-Sen: The Club for Growth had long been threatening to get involved with ads in the Wisconsin Senate race, where their preferred candidate, ex-Rep. Mark Neumann, is stagnating in the GOP primary thanks to the ascendance of free-spending Eric Hovde. On Friday, they finally hit “play,” with a rather sizable $ 700K buy. Their ad is a two-fer, hitting both co-frontrunners Tommy Thompson and Hovde… rather awkwardly in fact, shifting from one to the other at the 15-second mark with a grinding-clutch noise. They point out 9 examples of Thompson raising taxes, and then say Hovde is like Thompson on taxes: ONLY WORSE!
The other problem for the Club is that there isn’t any agreement between the various Beltway/astroturfy tea party groups on which non-Thompson figure to support. FreedomWorks just stepped on CfG’s ad blitz Friday morning by announcing that they’re backing Hovde. It’s not clear whether FreedomWorks, who’ve tended to be more bark and less bite than the CfG, plan to spend any money on Hovde, though (not that he seems to need any financial help). (David Jarman)