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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 12:15 PM 

Reasbeck says reception has been positive

Though he didn't get a chance to address the convention, 7th CD candidate Joe Reasbeck is at the Dem gathering this weekend.

Reasbeck said he's been setting up meet-and-greets with county chairs and they've been receptive to him. Reasbeck, of Iron River, entered the race just a couple weeks ago to skepticism from some Dems due to an unsuccessful congressional bid in Texas in which he ran as a Republican write-in.

State Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, has been viewed as the party favorite to assume the seat vacated by the pending retirement of U.S. Rep. Dave Obey. Lassa addressed the convention last night.

Reasbeck said he requested a speaking slot at the convo but was told by party leadership the times were allotted long ago and he couldn't be accommodated.

Reasbeck said some county party officials are willing to give him a chance.

"There's definitely a sense that there seems to be some evaluation of who will be the best candidate to go up against Sean Duffy," Reasbeck said.

"There hasn't been a county chair who's been negative."

Reasbeck said he grew disenchanted with the GOP during his Texas race and vowed to run as a Dem if he ever ran for office again.

"I just didn't anticipate that the Obey seat would be opening up and I'd be running so soon," Reasbeck said.

-- By Greg Bump

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