Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 --- 1:41 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann says he learned a valuable about political courage when he served in Congress.
He says Republican leaders asked him to follow party lines and vote for a pork-laden budget even though they didn't explain where the money was coming from.
Neumann says he voted against the bill, even after fellow Republicans warned him a no vote would end his career. He told business leaders in Milwaukee on Wednesday what actually happened was that his example helped usher in a new era of fiscal restraint.
He says he's running for the U.S. Senate now to bring that restraint back to Washington.
Neumann and three other Wisconsin Republicans are running for the U.S. Senate. The winner of next month's primary will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.