CNN — Just months after Republican Kevin Nicholson announced his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, his own parents donated the legal maximum to her primary campaign.
Nicholson announced last July that he would seek the Republican nomination for US Senate in Wisconsin. A Federal Election Commission filing by Baldwin’s campaign dated February 5 and available online shows that each of Nicholson’s parents, Donna and Michael, donated $2,700 to Baldwin in December 2017. FEC rules stipulate that those donations are the maximum Nicholson’s parents can donate to Baldwin during the primary election. They can donate up to that amount again during the general election.
Their donations are not necessarily out of character: Nicholson has said on the campaign trail that he comes from a Democratic family and, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported in November, his mother has donated thousands of dollars over the years to Democratic organizations and candidates, including hundreds to Baldwin.
However, the contributions are the first his parents have given to Baldwin since Nicholson announced his candidacy to try to oust the senator.
Either this guy’s a real shitty guy or his parents are real shitty parents. One or the other. You don’t get this kind of bad blood between parents and son without some SERIOUS personal differences. Some traumatic history. There’s no way your parents max out their support for your opponent without a damn good reason reason for doing so. There’s just no way. Parents have to have your back. That’s one of those instinctual guarantees — parents support their kids through anything. Through thick and thin. Ups and downs. Especially your mother. Your dad may take a stand here or there to prove a point, toughen you up, strand you out on an island for a short period to see what you’re made of. But your mom? Mom’s got you forever. Moms will do ANYTHING for a son, yet Kevin here’s got both his mom and dad donating the MAXIMUM legal amount of money to his opponent. His parents are literally doing everything legally possible to make sure he loses. That’s deep. That’s telling. There’s obviously a lot more to this story and I, for one, would sure like to hear it.