MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson[1] is running as an outsider looking to shake up the GOP establishment.

But records obtained by The Associated Press show that he successfully lobbied top officials with Gov. Scott Walker[2]’s administration to land a coveted appointment on the influential state Department of Veterans Affairs Board.

Nicholson[3] rarely talks about his four years on the board and does not mention the Walker appointment on his campaign website biography. His spokesman said Thursday that Nicholson[4] is proud of his work on the board.

Nicholson[5] faces state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the Republican primary and the winner will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Nicholson[6] began lobbying Walker[7] administration officials for the appointment in late 2012. He won the appointment in 2013 and served through the end of 2017.

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