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Hovde Gets Ready to Make His Entrance

Never met the guy, but have met many who will be run­ning his cam­paign.  Best of luck to them all.

Repub­li­can party insid­ers tell TODAY’S TMJ4 that wealthy finance entre­pre­neur Eric Hovde will enter the cam­paign for US Sen­ate on Thurs­day. The polit­i­cal new­comer will seek the seat to be vacated by retir­ing Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin).

This bank­ing exec­u­tive has already hired staffers from other Wis­con­sin Repub­li­cans. Sources said Hovde will posi­tion him­self as a polit­i­cal out­sider tak­ing on career politicians.

In addi­tion to his suc­cess run­ning banks and invest­ment firms, Hovde pre­sides over a foun­da­tion that builds shel­ter for at-risk chil­dren in impov­er­ished coun­tries. They are called Hovde Houses.

One of the other great things about hav­ing the foun­da­tion is how it’s tied into to the rest of my com­pa­nies and my employ­ees,” Hovde says in a video posted by the foundation.

Hovde joins a crowded Repub­li­can race that includes for­mer gov­er­nor Tommy Thompson.

It’s said that Hovde’s going to bring a lot of his own money into this race.  That’s some­thing I def­i­nitely believe.

The real ques­tion is will he be seen as another com­ing of Ron John­son before the GOP base voter in Wis­con­sin, or as a car­pet­bag­ger who only returned to his home state because he sees an oppor­tu­nity to become a U.S. Senator.

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  • http://twitter.com/the_botnet the bot­net

    I’m will­ing to give the guy the ben­e­fit of the doubt, but at this point I’m think­ing two things…
    1) Mark Neu­mann is the most con­ser­v­a­tive, and endorse­ments from Jim DeMint and Rand Paul cer­tainly don’t hurt (IMHO)
    2) The “car­pet­bag­ger” tag will cer­tainly be tough to elude.

    Is it too early to have a favorite?  I guess I’ve already tipped my hand, but at least I’m will­ing to listen.

    Best,
    the botnet