Many observers have completely dismissed Mark Neumann's chances of overtaking Scott Walker in the Republican primary for governor. Personally, I have not completely closed that door because of really only one factor - Neumann's pocketbook. That being said, Neumann has not looked like a contending candidate in his race against Scott Walker. Sorry, I just don't see any sign of the killer instinct that would be necessary to overcome someone that has been running for governor for 7 years.
There are several reasons to question Neumann's campaign so far, but I recently discovered a new one. Why isn't Mark Neumann doing even some introductory homework on his primary opponent? Recently, I had occasion to look at open records requests that were sent to Scott Walker's office in 2009. As far as I could tell, none of them came from Neumann, his campaign operatives, or any other professional that he may have hired. Call me crazy, but if your opponent is a government official, shouldn't you have at least sought some kind of public record from his office by now?
Neumann wouldn't have to look very far to find all sorts of things to use against Walker, even from a "conservative" perspective. So is Neumann's heart not really in this? Is he getting bad advice? Is he banking on a massive (and apparently uninformed) spending spree? Whatever the reason, one thing seems clear to me, Mark Neumann isn't doing his homework…and that is an odd thing for a former teacher.