With disappointment and frustration, I write this letter to urge you to withdraw from your gubernatorial campaign. I think you are a good man with good ideas, and under different circumstances, I believe you would have been a solid candidate for the governor of Wisconsin.
However, you have acquired little support from GOP officials including Republicans in our State Senate and Assembly. You have no prominent endorsements, and your most distinguished supporter left your campaign to endorse your opponent. Your campaign fundraising is anemic, strengthened only by your own cash transfusions. Your team is fraught with mismanagement as you have replaced your campaign manager more than once. And the only media attention you manage to amass is when you criticize the top Republican contender.
My friend, you are up against a mighty current that even your own personal wealth cannot stop. There is a strong grassroots movement behind Scott Walker and for good reason. He is young, resolute, and has considerable name recognition. Every decision he makes in Milwaukee County, for better or for worse, will attract more attention than you could generate with a dozen campaign ads.
While you were building a successful company for the past decade, Walker has built himself a noteworthy administrative legacy. He has battled tax increases, cut spending, and produced budget surpluses when other counties ran major deficits. With fiscal restraint and wise budgeting, Walker has strengthened the county's municipal bond rating, which as you know, makes it easier to sell securities. Walker also has a number of political achievements that will be accentuated during his campaign.
Walker's legacy is not the only obstacle to your campaign. You must deal with the fact he's a more viable candidate for governor.
Republicans in Wisconsin have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. With failing democrat strongholds like Massachusetts, immoral scandals permeating Democrats in New York, and tea party winds at the back of fiscally conservative contenders everywhere, you must see that Walker has the best odds of winning this race.
If you continue down your path as a secluded agitator, not only will you become an impediment to repairing our state, but you will also succeed in turning a conservative base against you - a conservative base that would happily support you if you chose to run for the U.S. Senate.
You sir, when you openly criticize Walker, will become a tool in the hands of Mike Tate and the Democrat party - a party that possesses a single candidate free from the political hazards of a primary. As you told me last year, your ideological approach bears no significant difference to Walker's. So instead, you have distinguished yourself as a business man that understands the importance of job growth and operates primarily through innovation. And yet your gubernatorial approach and innovative ideas never took hold in Wisconsin.
Sir, your campaign has not taken root. I urge you to retire your campaign for governor and put your full support behind the candidate that will stop the spending, reduce taxes, and promote the same business growth that you have advocated.