Friday, August 11, 2006

Who is Brad Courtney?

I am not being a smart-ass, for once. This is a serious question.

Who in the world is Brad Courtney, about to become the chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin?

I've been reading reports about his ascension to the throne all week, but none ever say anything except he is the current first vice-chair of the party and is a Whitefish Bay businessman.

Spivak and Bice added today that he is 47 years old.

And that's about it. You can Google or use whatever tools are readily available and find very little.

No one has even said what kind of business he's in, let alone the name of the company or the position he holds.

You'd think he was in the witness protection program.

On some of the Republican blogs where there's been some back-and-forth about who should be new new chair, people speak highly of Courtney. He's apparently paid his party dues, literally and figuratively, and is well-liked.

Isn't there a political reporter out there with enough curiousity to write a short profile?

I truly am just curious. Comments welcome.

Little help from readers, but WisPolitics to the rescue with this in its weekly report to subscribers:
Brad Courtney, who expects to be selected as the new Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman next week, said he doesn’t expect any significant departures from the way Rick Graber did business, acknowledging that he has “big shoes to fill.”

... Courtney is a Whitefish Bay native and lifelong Wisconsin resident, except for his years attending Vanderbilt University, where he earned degrees in political science and business administration.

He and his brother, Robert, own Courtney Industrial Battery, a Milwaukee-based supplier of forklift batteries, battery chargers and peripheral equipment to manufacturers and warehouses in Wisconsin. Courtney is also an avid jogger and enjoys coaching soccer.

His roots as a party activist in Wisconsin date back to his election as vice chairman of the North Shore Republican Club in 1989. But, he says, he never had designs on being the top dog in the state, even after he ran for first vice chair in 2001...


At 3:23 PM, Blogger Kinda Cranky said...

He is a very committed Christian with three daughters and a nice wife. He is very close friends with Scott Walker. He likes to ski and coach soccer.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger goofticket said...

According to the Wisconsin Circuit Courts website, he was fined for not wearing a seat belt.
I wonder if his three daughters were in the car.
Maybe he listens to Brittney Spears, as well as emulates her.
If you going to be the state head of a party, you'd better be squeeky clean.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Robola said...

He's the treasurer for Courtney Industrial Battery, of which his dad is the president.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Todd Rongstad said...

I love how your guy handled the lamont endorsement. It so underscores what a weinie he is. Props to you for getting this guy elected and re-elected. It must make you chuckle, in a confidential way.

At 1:44 AM, Blogger XOut said...

You guys have Joe Wineke. We know lots about him, but it certainly doesn't make him a good party chairman.

We wanted Fred Rogers but he died.

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Dad29 said...


Gott in Himmel!!!!!!!!!!

Goofy, don't you know that the Feds instituted a Bounty Hunter Reward for States/Locals who ticket Seat Belt Violators? (I'm not making that up, by the way...)

Seat Belt Violators are a huge public hazard. It's likely that the Doyle Administration will address them under "Health Improvement Schemes" by an Executive Order changing the penalty from $10.00 to Life-In-Prison.

There are SOME laws we cannot simply flout without penalty in this State, and it will make up for the OTHER laws which Doyle chooses not to enforce.

At 10:59 PM, Blogger said...

He's not a regular voter -- just check the voter roles in Whitefish Bay.

Ironic that he's heading up the party.


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