Isthmus: Meet the New Tommy Thompson

Meet the New Tommy Thompson: Ex-governor Veers Right in his Senate Bid, February 2012

Tommy Thompson is in the grips of an identity crisis.

Always a conservative, the four-term Republican governor and former Bush administration cabinet secretary is now running in a political environment in which his brand of conservatism is suspect. Derided from the right as too moderate – and too “big-government” – Thompson is burnishing his credentials by, in some cases, backing away from positions that once helped him amass huge majorities at the polls and work effectively with a Legislature often controlled by Democrats…