The parents of a Republican U.S. Senate candidate have taken a family political argument to new heights by donating the maximum legal amount allowed to his Democratic rival.
The Associated Press reports Kevin Nicholson, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, said he isn’t surprised by his parent’s maximum donation of $2,700 to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Before Nicholson potentially goes up against his parents pick for the Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, he must first defeat fellow Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the primary election. CNN first reported the news, and points out that Nicholson’s parents can donate the same amount to Baldwin again if they choose to do so during the general election.
“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,” he said in a statement, according to A.P.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported in the past that Nicholson’s mother, Donna Nicholson, had made 15 donations to Baldwin’s campaign since 2012 totaling $441, at the time.
Back in 2000, the newspaper reports Nicholson was president of the College Democrats of America. He was quoted at the time as saying his parents were “afraid of being found out as the only Democrats in Mequon (, Wisconsin)” when asked if they would support a run for office.
As for what turned him to the Republican party, the Senate hopeful tells A.P. he is a conservative by choice and “not because I was born one.”
Nicholson is a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and has the slogan “Send in the Marine. Take back Washington” at the top of his campaign website. He earned a Bronze Star for his service while on three combat tours between Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no mention of his parents in his “meet Kevin” section of his website.
“Kevin is not a politician, but the sum total of his experiences in the Marine Corps, in combat, and in business have made him a strong advocate for conservative principles,” his website reads. He told Politico in September that his political views changed when he was deployed in Iraq, as he grew “livid” with the Democratic opposition to the war.