As I’ve mentioned many times, I used to be VERY liberal.
Because of that, many of the people in my life are liberal themselves.
I have liberal friends AND family… and “coming out” to them has been incredibly challenging. Fortunately, those I’m closest to have been supportive and respectful (though not necessarily thrilled.)
Many others have decided to cut all ties with me.
So yeah. This story resonates.
The parents of a conservative, Republican senate hopeful have given the maximum donation possible to his Democratic opponent.
Kevin Nicholson, 40, is challenging Wisconsin’s Democratic junior senator Tammy Baldwin in the primary election.
His parents Michael and Donna have pledged their support with Baldwin and each donated $2,700 – the maximum amount a person can donate in the primaries – to her campaign in December.
My dad is pretty conservative, so I’ve had no issues there. My mom is not. If there’s one thing I’m grateful for it’s that while she may not agree with everything I believe or say, she’s been adamant that she’s proud of me for standing up for what I believe in, and the strength it takes to do so. We’re incredibly close, and our differing world views have not changed that.
So, as someone who values family and understands how difficult “changing sides” can be… I really feel for this guy.
Kevin, who was a staunch Democrat until he served in the Iraq war, said his parents were of ‘a different world view’.
The couple routinely donate to the Democratic party and have given money to Baldwin in the past.
Their donations this year are their largest to Baldwin, who was the first openly gay Senator when she was voted in in 2012.
Kevin, a proud Christian and gun owner who emphatically supports the 2nd amendment, acknowledged the rift on Monday, telling CNN: ‘It is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective.’
His parents did not return requests for comment on Tuesday morning.
Kevin has not revealed whether he and his parents are on good terms despite their affiliation.
I hope so, for his sake… though this feels like a slap in the face.
I’d expect that if they DID have a good relationship they would have just sat this one out.
For most of his life, he shared their political views and even acted as the president of the College Democrats of America.
He said he changed his views during his tours of Iraq and Afghanistan where her served as a Marine.
‘I’m a conservative today not because I was born one, but because of the experience I earned as a Marine in combat, my experience as a husband and father, my choice to be a Christian, the schools I chose to attend and the decision to pursue the career that I have.
‘Regardless of who may disagree with my life decisions, I would not trade these experiences for anything, and they will always guide my views as Wisconsin’s next U.S. senator,’ Nicholson said.
After returning from the war, Nicholson obtained a business administration degree from Harvard Business School. He said it was both those things which spurred his candidacy.
I’d vote for this guy in a heartbeat.
People occasionally give me crap for having been a liberal. To them I say, how often have you challenged yourself enough to step out of your comfort zone and stand up for what you believe in? I’m incredibly proud of who I am and what I’ve done to get here. So come at me.
Top of his agenda is the nation’s spending and the military. He describes himself as a gun owner and says he is a firm supporter of the 2nd amendment.
By contrast, Baldwin’s focus is on education, healthcare and the local economy in Wisconsin.
She was the first openly gay Senator when she was appointed in 2012 and was the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in the Senate in the country.
Unlike Nicholson, she has spent much of her tenure campaigning for tighter gun laws.
Nicholson is not the only Republican running for the seat.
While Nicholson does not have his parent’s support, he has won hefty endorsement from other Republican mega donors.
Among them is Richard Uihlein who gave $3.5million to a Super PAC to help him further his chances.
I hope he beats the SNOT out of his opponent.