MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son's Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Nicholson is in a primary battle against Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, with the winner advancing to take on Baldwin in the fall.
The Jefferson County GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner was my 4th campaign stop today. I shared an update on our campaign’s progress: we’re winning this race, have over 5,000 committed WI supporters in all 72 counties, and we’re ready to defeat @tammybaldwin in November! #wisen #wiright pic.twitter.com/JVeedr22dF— Kevin Nicholson (@KevinMNicholson) February 11, 2018
Federal records show that Nicholson's parents, Michael and Donna Nicholson, both gave $2,700 in December to Baldwin. Nicholson is a former Democrat, but his parents have a long history of donating to Democratic candidates. CNN first reported the donations to Baldwin.
Nicholson says in a statement that "My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective."
If you’re reading President Trump’s infrastructure plan, you won’t find a commitment to Buy American.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) February 12, 2018
This plan betrays his promise to American workers.
When we rebuild America, we must use American workers & American products.https://t.co/21vkTztTNF
Nicholson says he is a conservative by choice "not because I was born one