Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kevin Nicholson - Wisconsin Right to Life Endorsement

From WisPolitics:

Wisconsin Right to Life’s Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates for the August 14th, 2018 Primary Election:

U.S. Senate

Kevin Nicholson (R)

Leah Vukmir (R)


July 13, 2018 – (Delafield, WI) – Cheyenne Foster, Campaign Manager for Marine veteran and political outsider Kevin Nicholson, issued the following statement regarding the Wisconsin Right to Life PAC Endorsement of Kevin Nicholson:
"The Wisconsin Right to Life PAC endorsement of Kevin Nicholson is a direct rebuke of the misleading attacks that Leah Vukmir and her allies have made on Kevin's pro-life beliefs. While Kevin was not raised in a pro-life home, his faith, the birth of his
children, and his time spent in combat where he saw the loss of innocent life made an enormous impact on his views, leading to his strong and undeniable support for life.

In addition to their work to protect human life, the pro-life community works tirelessly to educate and encourage people to embrace the importance of protecting innocent life, as Kevin has. Attacking or questioning a person's individual journey to supporting life is an affront to the many who have experienced the same conversion. We are thankful the Wisconsin Right to Life PAC recognizes Kevin's true belief in protecting life – along with Wisconsin Family Action who has also endorsed him, and Pro-Life Wisconsin, who gave him a 100% rating."
Kevin Nicholson went on to express his appreciation for the Wisconsin Right to Life PAC’s
"I am honored to receive this endorsement. My focus remains on defeating Tammy Baldwin so that sensible people can work together to protect innocent life. The importance of defeating Tammy Baldwin was highlighted again this week, when Baldwin indicated that she wouldn't support President Trump's nomination of Constitutional originalist justices like Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who understand that our Constitution is fundamentally a pro-life document."
Nicholson is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently works as a business consultant, helping companies solve their toughest problems. He is a first-time candidate running in the Republican primary to defeat Democrat Tammy Baldwin. He and his wife live in Delafield with their three young children.
That's sort of odd.

WRTL gave Kevin Nicholson an unqualified endorsement.

The group does qualified endorsement to candidates. For example, Todd Novak received an endorsement with an asterisk.

**This candidate received a qualified endorsement due to his or her position on rape and incest exceptions.
No asterisk for Nicholson?

From WMTV:

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson says he would be open to bills cracking down on abortions that provide exceptions for such things as rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

That is a difference from his Republican challenger state Sen. Leah Vukmir who supports a zero-exception abortion ban.

Nicholson said at a luncheon Tuesday that he would decide whether and what exceptions were permissible on a "case by case" basis if the legislation "appreciably saves human lives."

He says he wants legislation that "saves the unborn and does it in a way that's enforceable."

Nicholson says the ultimate consideration on whether he would back abortion legislation with exceptions depends on how it would be enacted and if it's enforceable.
Is Kevin Nicholson more pro-life than Tammy Baldwin? Absolutely.

Is he as pro-life as Leah Vukmir? No.

I don't doubt that Nicholson would support some pro-life legislation which would be a dramatic improvement over Tammy Baldwin. But, I think it's dishonest to give him the same endorsement as Vukmir.

I don't think Nicholson is misrepresenting his current stance on abortion, though his past comments about abortion are something to consider.

People can change their views as Nicholson did.

Unlike Nicholson, Leah Vukmir has been consistently and without qualification pro-life. That difference should be reflected in the WRTL endorsement.

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