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Unified after the primary

To the Telegram: Mike Monson, the Republican Party 7th District chair, said in an article in the Steven's Point Journal that: "I've never seen the party more energized and unified (behind Duffy)." I was also at the 7th District caucus and I think...

To the Telegram:

Mike Monson, the Republican Party 7th District chair, said in an article in the Steven's Point Journal that: "I've never seen the party more energized and unified (behind Duffy)." I was also at the 7th District caucus and I think he may be over stating it a bit. There will be a time when we will unite behind one candidate; however, this is primary season. There are two main groups struggling for their candidate.

The first group is the libertarians. I was told by a party leader that the country was going socially liberal; therefore the Republican Party had to put out candidates which reflect that. So they say, "Fiscally conservative" and dance around social issues. At the caucus, they made statements about their governing style. Such as, "We are the Republican Party, and only we should decide our candidate." The "we" happens to consist of only 120 people who attended the caucus. There seems to be a fear of the primary process.

Sean Duffy is their candidate.

The second group is the conservatives. They have chosen Dan Mielke as their candidate. They think that the Republican Party should be the standard-bearer for conservative ideals both fiscal and social. At the caucus, they championed the primary process of the people. They agree that an open primary has its head-aches, but trying to subvert it is wrong. Barron County even conducted a poll. They found that Dan Mielke was slightly ahead of Sean Duffy, however the vast majority were still undecided. Therefore debates are needed and the primary process needs to work itself out.

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Duane Shoebridge

Bloomer, Wis.

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