Updated: October 15, 2012 11:47AM
MILWAUKEE — The son of U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson was caught on video suggesting voters this fall should send President Barack Obama back “to Kenya,” but later apologized through the campaign.
Jason Thompson, the son of the former governor, made the comments Sunday during a brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party.
“We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya,” said Jason Thompson, an attorney at a large Milwaukee law firm.
The comment drew laughs from the crowd, with one woman jokingly adding, “We are taking donations for that Kenya trip.”
was taken by a Democratic Party operative and posted at BuzzFeed Politics Sunday.
President Obama’s father was Kenyan, but Obama was born in Hawaii.
Jason Thompson, 38, has been involved in his father’s efforts to win a U.S. Senate seat, representing the campaign at some events.
“The Governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do,” the campaign said in a statement. “Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes.”
Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin is running against Thompson. A Baldwin spokesman declined to comment to the newspaper. A spokesman didn’t immediately return an email sent to the campaign Monday by The Associated Press.
Also speaking at the Kenosha event were Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Brad Courtney.
Priebus issued a statement Monday, saying he agreed with Gov. Thompson. “The comment was out of line and his son rightfully apologized.”
Courtney did not return calls to the newspaper. A message left by the Associated Press for the state Republican party’s spokesman was not immediately returned Monday.