Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kanavas Responds to Straw Poll Results

Kanavas Responds to Straw Poll Results

“Obviously, it is inspiring to come out ahead in a poll of the party's grassroots volunteers. I appreciate their vote of confidence. The Republican Party of Wisconsin is a strong, vibrant organization that had tremendous success in 2010. We will build upon that to beat back the recalls of our state senators, we will make sure Barack Obama does not win here and we will elect a GOP Senator in 2012. We have to get America working again. There is a long way to go, but this vote of confidence gives us something to think about, and build upon, as I seriously consider running."

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My thoughts halfway through our state's GOP Convention

"I agree with Paul Ryan, Jim Sensenbrenner and Ron Johnson. Today they spoke about the need to continue the work to restore fiscal sanity and beat back the culture of entitlement and dependency that threatens America's greatness. Not just America's future--if we don't cut spending and right-size government we jeopardize the present.  Those of us who worked day and night here in 2010 realize it was the most successful year ever for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, but the delegates here are committed to working even harder. And we have a lot of work to do-- to turn back the recalls, grow our majorities, defeat Barack Obama and elect a Republican US
Senator in 2012. I've done my fair share of talking to convention goers
since I arrived yesterday afternoon, but mostly I am listening. I am encouraged by what I've heard, humbled by those who have expressed a desire for me to run, and committed to making a decision soon. Getting America working again will require a candidate who shares our values, is fully engaged and inspires smart, hard workers from experienced volunteers and fresh faces alike. This is an important place to be for any potential GOP candidate and I'm looking forward to the banquet tonight and the prayer breakfast tomorrow, too."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Looking Forward to the RPW Convention This Weekend

I am looking forward to the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s annual convention, which begins today in the Wisconsin Dells.

It is sure to be an important and exciting weekend.

As many of you know, I am in the process of deciding whether I will be a candidate for the United States Senate. Recent news has focused more attention of this seat than at any time in the last quarter century. Yet, my personal and professional agenda this weekend in the Dells was not altered by Senator Kohl’s announcement last week.

I have spent the last few months discussing the possibility of a run for the US Senate seat with my family and my closest friends. Now, this weekend, I will solicit the opinions of the hundreds of Republican Party delegates from across the state. I want to hear about their concerns. What are their top issues? What qualities are they looking for in their next US Senator? Do they think I should pursue such a run?

I want to make sure that my decisions are well informed. This includes deciding whether or not to run for the US Senate.

As a delegate from Waukesha County I’m also attending the convention to vote on the official state platform and the resolutions as well. Ours is a ground-up party and the opinions of the members of the county party members from across the state matter. This is our chance to have our voice heard.

Finally, and this should not be overlooked, this weekend is a time to celebrate the incredible campaign success our party has enjoyed since the last state convention. Because of the hard work of party members and others, Republicans swept into control of both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature. We elected two new members of Congress. We elected a bold, young, conservative governor. And Ron Johnson ran a great race and won a seat in the US Senate. While we have more work to do, it is ok to take a moment and raise a glass with friends to toast the success of 2010.

Last year Wisconsin Republicans proved we could work together to accomplish great things. Fueled by a new insurgence of energy and enthusiasm from the Tea Party movement, Republicans in Wisconsin led the nation in voter contacts and victories. I am happy to see my party grow, and I am glad there will be new faces in the crowd this weekend. I, too, want to meet up with familiar faces, like the members of the Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women and College Republicans who continue to be the heart and soul of all the volunteer activities this party relies on. It is important that we appreciate the fact that it takes a combination of new blood, experience and hard work to win.

To be sure, as I join my fellow Republicans at the state convention this week, there is more work to be done. We need to band together to fend off the recalls against my former colleagues in the State Senate (and work on picking up a few seats, too!). We need to rally around Governor Walker and make sure those who have embraced the fiscal common sense laid out by Congressman Paul Ryan receive our unwavering support.

Together, we also need to set our sights on 2012. We need to preserve our majorities in the legislature, protect the freshmen in Congress and retake the White House and the US Senate so we can get America working again. Whether or not I run for office, I will be a part of this effort. Always.

I’m looking forward to kicking things off this weekend, and I hope to touch base with as many of my fellow Republicans as possible over the next three days in the Dells.

Even without a trip down a water slide, I know it will be a good time with old and new friends.

Kanavas lives in Brookfield and is a delegate from Waukesha County.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My statement on Congressman Paul Ryan's decision

‎"Paul Ryan is the Republican's most powerful advocate for fiscal sanity in Washington. He continues to be our party's most articulate and energetic spokesperson on economic growth. I respect the decision he and his family made with regards to the 2012 US Senate race. A similar discussion is taking place in the Kanavas household as well. This weekend, I will be attending the Republican Party of Wisconsin's Annual Convention as a delegate from Waukesha County. While celebrating the 2010 victories of Governor Walker, the Republican legislature, Senator Johnson, and Congressmen Duffy and Ribble, I will be soliciting party members' opinions and ideas about what they're looking for in their next United States Senator. I am looking forward to listening to my fellow delegates, as their feedback will ensure that I make an informed decision about my future."

Friday, May 13, 2011

Former Sen. Kanavas: Statement on the retirement of Senator Kohl

Former Sen. Kanavas: Statement on the retirement of Senator Kohl

Statement on the Retirement of Senator Kohl and his United States Senate Intentions

“First, I would like to thank Senator Kohl for his many years of service to our state.

I have been honored by the outpouring of friends and supporters who have contacted me today about the United State Senate. Next weekend is the Republican Party Convention and I will be using that opportunity to listen to my fellow Republicans to see if they want me to be their next United States Senator.

The message across Wisconsin is clear, people want new blood with the ideas and the energy to create jobs and get this country turned around. All you need to do is look at the last election to see that.”

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mark Belling Late Afternoon Show

I am sitting in for Mark Belling again tomorrow on 1130 WISN. 3pm-6pm.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Watch Election Night coverage with Senator Kanavas on Fox 6 tonight!

Senator Ted Kanavas will be appearing on FOX 6 Milwaukee (WITI) tonight offering his perspective on Wisconsin's Primary election results.

To find the latest election information you can go to the FOX 6 website at: