Former Gov. Tommy Thompson's political director says he was not representing the Thompson campaign when he circulated a video through email and Twitter that shows Democrat Tammy Baldwin dancing at a gay pride event.
Brian Nemoir sent an email Wednesday night referring to the "heartland values" Baldwin said she would discuss in her speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. The email included a link to a YouTube video from 2010 that shows Baldwin dancing at a Wisconsin gay pride rally.
"Clearly, there's no one better positioned to talk 'heartland values' than Tammy," Nemoir said in the email, which was obtained by WisPolitics.com.
Nemoir also posted the video three times on his public Twitter account.
Baldwin would be the first openly gay U.S. senator if she defeats Thompson in November.
Her campaign spokesman, John Kraus, did not respond to requests for comment.
Nemoir's Twitter account, on which he says his posts "do not represent the views of clients or organizations with whom I might be involved," has since become private.
"The tweet was personal as the Twitter account signifies," Nemoir said in an email to the State Journal.
Darrin Schmitz, a consultant for the Thompson campaign, said Nemoir "acted on his own" when he linked to the video.
"He was not representing the Thompson campaign in this matter," Schmitz said in an email.
The video, which was posted to YouTube in August 2010, shows Baldwin dancing to the "Wonder Woman" theme song with the band V05 on UW-Madison's Library Mall.