For Democratic campaign strategist Thad Nation, it feels like déjà vu all over again.
In the primary election, a pollster questioned him about Milwaukee School Board President Peter Blewett's re-election bid even though Nation doesn't live in the city. The pollster also raised questions about the voucher program that allows thousands of Milwaukee students to attend private schools.
Nation resides in Shorewood, meaning he can't cast a ballot for or against Blewett.
Now, with the general election less than a month away, Nation said he was rung up again. He was asked once more about the Blewett race and vouchers. There also were questions about the state Supreme Court race and the superintendent's contest.
And, once again, Nation said he asked who was underwriting the survey, something that must be disclosed under state election laws. The response, he said, was "various groups." The first poll, it turned out, was paid for by the pro-voucher Advocates for Student Achievement. Messages and e-mails left with the group were not returned.
There was one big difference between the two polls: Nation said this time the pollster didn't ask any misleading questions intended to "push" a respondent one way or another.
"I wouldn't characterize it as a push poll," said the veteran pol.
Nation said he did tell the questioner that he would support Blewett. But the questioner never asked if he could.