Another Republican candidate for governor is officially on the ballot for the September primary.
Former Congressman Mark Neumann on Friday dropped of his nomination papers at the Government Accountability Board in Madison. Despite his opponent being endorsed by the state Republican Party, Neumann says he still filed as a GOP candidate because it puts him in a position to work more closely with the Legislature.
Still, Neumann says he considers himself an “American first, a conservative first, and part of the Republican Party after that.”
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, Neumann’s main primary opponent, tried to drop off nearly 15,000 signatures earlier this week, even though the GAB only accepts the first 4,000. Neumann says he focused on other issues, instead of collecting unusable signatures, such as an online petition to repeal national health care reforms.
Neumann did turn in 4,000 signatures of his own, with some to spare.