In what many might consider an awkward family situation, the parents of Republican candidate for Senate, Kevin Nicholson, donated the maximum amount to the Democrat he is attempting unseat, Democrat Tammy Duckworth.
Nicholson announced last July that he would seek the Republican nomination for US Senate in Wisconsin. A Federal Election Commission filing by Baldwin's campaign dated February 5 and available online shows that each of Nicholson's parents, Donna and Michael, donated $2,700 to Baldwin in December 2017. FEC rules stipulate that those donations are the maximum Nicholson's parents can donate to Baldwin during the primary election. They can donate up to that amount again during the general election.
But the development is unlikely to cause new issues between Nicholson and his parents: he has openly acknowledged their political differences.
Nicholson has said on the campaign trail that he comes from a Democratic family and, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported in November, his mother has donated thousands of dollars over the years to Democratic organizations and candidates, including hundreds to Baldwin.
In a statement to CNN, Nicholson said, "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."
As a younger man, Nicholson shared his parents' liberal-leaning views, but he told Politico that serving in Iraq completely shifted his thinking, saying he became "livid" with Democrats who opposed the war:
"I knew what we were doing there," he said. "We were stabilizing that country. We made incredible amounts of progress. And what I was hearing back home was a complete and absolute lie, as politicians were running around calling it a failure."