Dems line upEven before the last “holy cow” was said after Wednesday’s announcement that Congressman Dave Obey would retire, a short list of Democrats who would replace him began circulating.
By: By Mike Simonson/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Even before the last “holy cow” was said after Wednesday’s announcement that Congressman Dave Obey would retire, a short list of Democrats who would replace him began circulating.
The announcement from the 21-term Democrat Obey took just about everyone by surprise. Dan Hannula is a Democratic insider in Superior. He says Obey’s announcement this late into the campaign puts them behind the 8-ball.
“It would be nice for those who are party activists to have a little more early warning about this sort of thing,” Hannula said. “It’s going to be a battle. It was obvious that even with Dave in the seat the Republicans were targeting him, and now I’m sure they’re elated that they can spend some of their money elsewhere.”
The names of state legislators lead the Democratic list. It includes state senators Pat Kreitlow, Julie Lassa, Russ Decker and Jim Holperin, and state Representatives Donna Seidel, Ann Hraychuck and Amy Sue Vruwink. One of them will face Republicans Dan Mielke or Sean Duffy.
Duffy says this doesn’t change his campaign strategy.
“I’ve got to double my efforts to talk about the issues and get my message out,” Duffy said.
For his part, Obey doesn’t see the 7th Congressional District falling into Republican hands.
“I do not believe that a progressive district which is composed mostly of middle class working people is going to vote for a Republican candidate who would clearly take us back to the policies of Bush and Company.”