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GOP Senate candidate Mark Neumann on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Congressman Mark Neumann is hoping the third time is the charm in a campaign for statewide office.

Neumann ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1998 and for Governor in 2010.

Now, the Republican is vying for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl.

Mark Neumann is this weekend's featured guest on Capitol City Sunday.

Despite serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 through 1998, Neumann wants to be known more for his work in the private sector.

"Your folks watching this show know me more from politics, but 30 years of my life we've been in business," Neumann told Capitol City Sunday Host Greg Neumann.  "We're homebuilders by trade, creating Wisconsin jobs, much like the background that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) brought into this."

Neumann is battling against State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Madison millionaire Eric Hovde for the Tea Party vote and against the name recognition of former Governor Tommy Thompson.

"This state is conservative today.  We re-elected Scott Walker by a wider margin than we did the first time in this state and what that indicates to me is they want the most conservative candidate in this race and that would by myself," said Neumann.

In the second half of the show its a frank discussion with the head of the state's second largest teacher's union, the American Federation of Teachers in Wisconsin.

AFT Wisconsin President Bryan Kennedy talks about the union's viability, now that restrictions on collective bargaining are here to stay.

"The unions aren't going anywhere, you need to recognize that you need to talk to the faculty and you have to work with them and I think together as a team we'll be able to accomplish quite a bit," said Kennedy.

AFT Wisconsin primarily represents faculty and staff members at several technical colleges and UW campuses.

Kennedy believes his group is losing many of those members, because the pay is getting less and less competitive.

"You have a lot of people who are choosing to leave and go elsewhere and it is making it very difficult for us to retain the best faculty and the best academic staff here in the UW system," said Kennedy.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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