Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s campaign says his son has apologized for suggesting that voters should send President Obama back to Kenya, the Associated Press reported.
Jason Thompson, the son of the former Wisconsin governor, said at a brunch on Sunday hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party when he was caught on camera saying: “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.” said Jason Thompson, an attorney at a large Milwaukee law firm. The comment drew laughs from the crowd, and one woman joked, “We are taking donations for that Kenya trip.”
The video was posted at BuzzFeed Politics on Sunday.
Obama’s father was Kenyan, but the president was born in Hawaii.
Jason Thompson, 38, an attorney, has been involved in his father’s efforts to win a Senate seat and has represented the candidate at some events.
“The governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do,” the campaign said in a statement. “Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes.”
Michael Best & Friedrich, the firm where Jason Thompson works, issued a statement calling his comments “regrettable.”
“Jason has apologized for the comment through the campaign (and to his colleagues at the law firm) and the matter is being dealt with between father and son,” the statement said.
Thompson is running against Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin for the open Senate seat.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Brad Courtney also spoke at the Kenosha event.
Priebus issued a statement Monday, saying he agreed with the elder Thompson. “The comment was out of line and his son rightfully apologized,” he said.