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GOP Pol's Parents Donate to the Max... to Out Democratic Opponent

by Kilian Melloy
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018

A 40-year-old Republican politician seeking office for the first time has most definitely left the nest: Mom and Dad have contributed the maximum amount allowed under law to the Democratic rival he hopes to unseat, according to reports from CNN and other media sources.

That incumbent is none other than Democratic stalwart Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is openly lesbian.

The story gets better: As the Washington Post reported, Kevin Nicholson's parents have long supported Democratic lawmakers, including Al Franken and Tim Kaine, the latter having been Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 elections. Nicholson himself was at one point a prominent young Democrat, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.

It was only later, after serving as a Marine in Iraq in 2007, that Nicholson switched parties and philosophies. In a statement to Politico a few months ago, Nicholson claimed that it was anger over what he felt was a misrepresentation back home of how well the so-called surge was working that prompted his transformation into a Republican.

A statement provided to multiple media sources also cited a variety of other factors, including "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."

That same statement sought to account for the familial disconnect. reported that, according to the statement, Nicholson offered the explanation 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."

Even before the general election that might pit him against Sen. Baldwin, Nicholson, a campaign neophyte, will take on veteran pol Leah Vukmir, an experienced officeholder who has served in the Wisconsin state senate.

The fringe right, however, like Nicholson, according to various media reports, with big money PACs, Steven Bannon, and Sen. Ted Cruz all reportedly in his corner.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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