Duffy Won’t Challenge Baldwin

He said “this is not the right time” for him to run for Senate.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 16, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-07) an­nounced he will not chal­lenge Sen. Tammy Bald­win (D) next year.

“Duffy’s an­nounce­ment opens the door for a num­ber of po­ten­tial Re­pub­lic­an chal­lengers who have been wait­ing for Duffy to de­cide wheth­er he will mount a Sen­ate cam­paign,” in­clud­ing “Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Scott Fitzger­ald, R-Jun­eau, who has said re­peatedly he could be in­ter­ested in chal­len­ging Bald­win. Oth­er names floated re­cently are Sen. Leah Vuk­mir, R-Brook­field, Madis­on busi­ness­man Eric Hov­de, Rep. Dale Kooy­enga, R-Brook­field and Mil­wau­kee busi­ness­man and Mar­ine vet­er­an Kev­in Nich­olson.”

Duffy: “After much pray­er and de­lib­er­a­tion, Rachel and I have de­cided that this is not the right time for me to run for Sen­ate. We have eight great kids and fam­ily al­ways comes first. Bald­win will be beat be­cause her rad­ic­ally lib­er­al Madis­on re­cord and ideas are out of (sync) with Wis­con­sin. I look for­ward to help­ing our Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee de­feat her.” (Wis­con­sin State Journ­al)

“Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­ans have already be­gun at­tack­ing Bald­win for her op­pos­i­tion to Trump Su­preme Court nom­in­ee Neil Gor­such and have been try­ing to tie her to Mas­sachu­setts Sen. Eliza­beth War­ren. After hold­ing on to Sen. Ron John­son’s seat last fall, when Trump nar­rowly won the Badger State, Re­pub­lic­ans are hope­ful about knock­ing off the first-term Demo­crat. (Roll Call)


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