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Political heavyweights back Ewert for Congress

(Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) Candidate for U.S. Congress, Brian Ewert, speaks at a press conference outside of the hospital in Superior on Thursday morning.

Past political heavyweights and a former candidate for the 7th Congressional District of Wisconsin are lending their support to Democratic candidate, Dr. Brian Ewert.

Former 7th District Congressman Dave Obey, former state Sen. Bob Jauch, and 2016 congressional candidate Mary Hoeft endorsed Ewert to take on Republican Congressman Sean Duffy in the November election.

Ewert and Balsam Lake attorney Margaret Engebretson are running as Democratic challengers for the seat. They face off in the Aug. 14 primary.

“I’ve known Dr. Ewert for many years,” Jauch said. “He was president of Marshfield Clinic and worked on efforts with Congressman Dave Obey and I in efforts to expand dental care to literally thousands of young children across northern Wisconsin. Throughout his career, 25 years, he has provided compassionate care to his patients.”

Jauch said it is that compassion that makes him a good candidate to serve as the 7th District congressman for northern Wisconsin, a clear contrast to Duffy, who has been working to dismantle the Affordable Care Act without offering an alternative. The federal health care law has provided health care to thousands of people in northern Wisconsin, he said.

Jauch announced his endorsement in front of Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior to remind people the hospital was in danger of closing before it was designated a Critical Care Access hospital more than a decade ago. Jauch said he is confident Ewert will get things done in Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Ewert’s candidacy to run against Congressman Sean Duffy will provide a crystal clear choice between a politician who for eight years has demonstrated that he knows nothing about America’s health care system except how to wreck it, and a thoughtful, caring doctor who has a clear understanding of the health care problems that patients face and how to fix them,” Obey said.

Ewert is a kidney doctor at the Marshfield Clinic and served as the clinic's president from 2012 to 2014.

“What motivated me to run for Congress is when I saw the current Congress trying to destroy and dismantle the health care of the very patients I am committing to serve, so that is what struck me — we need a different tone in Congress,” Ewert said.

"It is my honor to endorse Brian Ewert … he has the intelligence, compassion and drive needed to unite voters, regardless of party, on matters crucial to their lives and the lives of their children,” said Hoeft, a longtime educator who challenged Duffy in 2016.

“This is truly a great honor,” Ewert said of the endorsements.