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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 01:14 PM
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Sean Duffy Gets Challenger in Wisconsins 7th District

Former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow (D) has announced plans to challenge GOP freshman Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsins 7th district, a seat Democrats view as a top pickup opportunity in 2012.

I started exploring the possibility of a Congressional campaign after the new Republican majority began to show it had no interest in keeping its promise to focus on job creation and economic recovery back home, Kreitlow said in a statement. The last straw for me was Sean Duffys vote to blow up Medicare, a promise we make to every middle class American that says decades of hard work will be rewarded with a retirement filled with the chance to stay healthy. ... This is no time for a Congressman to be so severely disconnected to what northwest Wisconsin needs from our representative to Washington.

Kreitlow, a former television news anchor, flirted with a Congressional run last cycle, when Rep. David Obeys (D) retirement left the seat open. But Kreitlow opted against a bid for federal office, backing state Sen. Julie Lassa (D) instead. He lost his state Senate re-election contest, however, among a host of Democratic state Senators ousted in the Republican wave. Democrats have since launched a massive state Senate recall effort. They have collected enough petitions so far for five recall elections and need to flip just three seats to retain control.

Kreitlow announces run for U.S. Congress
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 01:21 PM
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1. Can anybody vouch for Pat???
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 01:31 PM
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2. Poor Sean! He's barely making ends meet as it is!
Living in his office, boiling ramen, that $14,666 a month does not go as far as it used to! Poor Sean Duffy.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 01:38 PM
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3. Maybe he can pitch the Real Housewives of Wisconsin to pimp out his wife for mtv
Then the poor baby can get back to his roots...
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:59 PM
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4. Sean Duffy Gets First Opponent Of 2012 Cycle

Freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), who picked up a seat for the Republicans in the 2010 wave, now has his first declared challenger, with former Wisconsin state Sen. Pat Kreitlow launching his campaign.

Kreitlow was elected to the state Senate in the Democratic wave of 2006, after a news broadcasting career in western Wisconsin, defeating a Republican incumbent. He then lost his race for re-election in 2010.

Duffy was elected to Wisconsin's 7th District in 2010, after having served as a district attorney (and earlier starring on MTV's The Real World), winning the seat that Democratic Rep. David Obey had held for over 40 years until his retirement.

Recently, Duffy was the subject of high profile embarrassment when he publicly stated at a local event that he was "struggling" on his Congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The local Republicans then attempted to pull the video from the Internet -- which then led to Duffy's office complaining about TPM's surviving excerpt, saying it was selectively edited. Eventually, Duffy admitted that his words were "poorly chosen."
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