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Ed Thompson Has Passed Away

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Ed Thompson, 66 at the time of his death, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer early this morning. From his Facebook page:

Ed Thompson passed away early Saturday morning at his home in Tomah. He wanted to thank all of you for this outpouring of support this past year. Details on the visitation and funeral will follow shortly.
...Thompson won election as Mayor of Tomah in 2008. In 2010 he ran for state Senate as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Kathleen Vinehout. The race garnered significant attention, but Thompson was limited in his ability to campaign after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer two months before the election. He narrowly lost the race 50.27% to 49.61%.

Before holding office, Ed Thompson gained notoriety as a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in 2002. He ran in a three-way race against Republican incumbent Scott McCallum and Democratic candidate and Attorney General Jim Doyle. Thompson had the strongest gubernatorial campaign of any Libertarian candidate in the history of the party; he won 11% on election day (Doyle won the race with 45% of the vote.

Although Thompson ran as a Republican for state Senate [in 2010], he retained his connection with the libertarian movement. Thompson had ties to both the Campaign for Liberty and Republican Liberty Caucus. He also received the endorsement of Congressman Ron Paul, himself a former Libertarian presidential candidate.
Rest in peace!

Updated 10-22-2011 at 05:10 AM by Imperial



  1. Galileo Galilei's Avatar
    Ed was a very close friend of mine. We spoke on the phone thousands of timnes over the past decade. His favorite president was Andrew Jackson. We will all miss Ed, he was a great man.
  2. scrosnoe's Avatar
    My prayers and condolences to the family. I lost a dear friend to pancreatic cancer recently also, David Hall, the Belladier from Texas. You can read his story on Proclaim Liberty. Many of you will recall meeting him at events where the traveling Liberty Bell was present. He too was a great patriot and lover of Life and Liberty! Blessings/sc
  3. Galileo Galilei's Avatar
    I just got home from Ed's funeral.