Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 --- 12:20 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Hedge-fund manager Eric Hovde says as a U.S. Senator, he would reform the tax system, fight for broad deregulation and encourage fracking.
Hovde is one of four Republicans vying for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. Hovde is a political newcomer with deep pockets. He has already put $4 million of his own money into his Senate bid.
At a candidate forum in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Hovde said the government cannot continue its dangerous mismanagement of financial program.
Hovde also released a TV ad Wednesday targeting two of his opponents. He accuses former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann of attacking him with mudslinging ads to distract attention away from their own poor records.
The Republican primary is Aug. 14.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.