Tommy Thompson took a lot of guff last week for misstating the number of homes he owns. “Three,” the Republican Wisconsin Senate candidate blithely informed an inquiring reporter. He was remembering, apparently, his family farm, the house in Madison, and the getaway near Walt Disney World Resort — but momentarily forgot that little sweet condo he owns off Lake Wisconsin.
He should be forgiven, we think, since it’s not a farm or a stately manse, just a measly condo (though it is assessed at the fairly memorable figure of $1.4 million). Mostly, his confusion could stem from the fact that during his tenure in Washington, the former Health and Human Services Secretary was something of a house flipper. Loop fans might recall that back in 2004, we brought you the story of how Thompson had bought and sold a series of condos — mostly two-bed/two-bath numbers in Alexandria’s Cameron Station area — and made a pretty neat profit at it.
You can hardly expect a guy who, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, wound up purchasing and selling nine homes in the Washington area, to keep track of the number of homes he owns at any given time.
For a guy like that, properties come, they go...