Former Neumann backer now tells him to get out of the race

    Republican bigwig Jim Klauser, once one of Mark Neumann’s most high-profile backers, is now urging the former congressman and homebuilder to drop out of the governor’s race and wants his $10,000 donation back as well.
    Klauser switched his support to Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in November, saying it was time for Republicans to coalesce around a single candidate.
    Now Klauser writes that Neumann originally promised him in 2009 that he would run a positive campaign with ideas to address Wisconsin’s problems. But he is now "aghast" at where Neumann’s campaign has gone, accusing him of orchestrating a "phony and hollow" protest at the state convention last month.
    "I hope you stop; you are only helping the Democrats. It is time for you to leave the field before your integrity is permanently besmirched," Klauser wrote, accusing Neumann of obtaining his campaign contribution under "false pretenses."
    Neumann challenged Klauser to show where he’s wrong in his charge that Walker has increased county spending faster than Dem Gov. Jim Doyle. If Klauser can do that, Neumann said, he’ll be happy to return the donations.
    "The facts are we’re bringing the numbers straight out," Neumann said.
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