Speaking at a news conference earlier today, Rep. Dave Obey, who has served in the House of Representatives longer than anyone in Wisconsin’s history, noted he was too weary for what was shaping up to be a very bruising reelection campaign:
“There is a time to stay and a time to go. And this is my time to go,” he said. “I hate to do it. There is so much that needs to be done. But frankly I am bone tired.”
In a conference call earlier today, Mike Tate, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, celebrated Dave Obey’s legacy as a champion for working families, adding Obey’s leadership and influence will be missed. Tate went on to say he wants to preserve Dave Obey’s legacy by winning the seat in November, and Tate noted the seat in the 7th Congressional district has been a Democratic seat for generations, and not just in Congress, with a 55.3% baseline Democratic performance in the 7th Congressional district.
Tate then went on to criticize Republican candidate Sean Duffy as an “absolute sham,” noting Duffy has never won a contested race and has hidden from scrutiny regarding his campaign fundraising, which has been assisted by criminal fundraiser Mark Block. Tate went on to add, “Sean Duffy is an eminently beatable candidate.”
It’s already been rumored Wisconsin State Senate majority leader Russ Decker may jump into the race for the Democrats, and when asked who the Democratic candidate would be in the 7th Congressional district, Mike Tate indicated he believed 6 or 7 individuals may express an interest in getting into the race, but he noted he didn’t expect a competitive primary, saying he expects Democrats to get together and decide who the candidate will be. Several names were mentioned as possible candidates, including State Senators Pat Kreitlow and Julie Lassa, State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, and State Rep. Donna Seidel. Also mentioned by name was Christine Bremer, an attorney in Wausau, and if I was a betting man, my money would be on Russ Decker or Christine Bremer to be the Democratic candidate in the 7th Congressional district.