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What Feingold's Loss Means for Progressives

November 03, 2010

"Goodness—in Wisconsin," says Brandon Scholz, a Madison-based political consultant who once worked for Robert Kasten, until now the only Republican elected to the Senate from Wisconsin in the last 50 years. "It's clear that the role of liberalism is now significantly diminished."

Even a year ago, Scholz says, he would have predicted a cakewalk to reelection for Feingold, a liberal icon in his third term. "But then came the Tea Party rallies," he says. "They were all over the state. They were big. And people were saying, 'We've had enough.' And that's the mood of the voters today."



Throughout his career as the CEO of a statewide trade association, in government as a Congressional Chief of Staff, the head of a major utility's public affairs office and as a key player in Wisconsin's political and public affairs campaigns, Brandon Scholz understands the unique nature of the mix between business, politics, media relations and government.

Brandon's political insight is sought regularly by members of the press, the Legislature and the business community who trust and value his keen understanding of legislative and political processes.


Michelle combines an education in public relations and communication with more than 15 years work experience in the public and private sector including: statewide trade associations; a state agency; numerous Wisconsin businesses and the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Michelle's institutional knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm have earned her a positive reputation in Wisconsin's inner political circles as well as respect as an experienced association management executive. Michelle was honored as a recipient of InBusiness magazine’s “Forty under 40.”

Emma Shultz

Emma Shultz joined The Capitol Group in December 2012, shortly after finishing her B.S. in Business at Edgewood College. Emma  provides executive level administrative support at the firm, with a primary focus as Executive Assistant for Wisconsin Propane Gas Association, Wisconsin Propane Education & Research Council, and Wisconsin Charter Schools Association.