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Saturday, June 04, 2011

 12:44 AM 

Kreitlow says voters happy to have alternative to Duffy

Former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow said GOP U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy has already broken his 2010 campaign pledges with the residents of the 7th CD and people are thrilled he's already gotten into the race so they have an alternative candidate to support next year.

"In part because people have been so frustrated with what Duffy, (Paul) Ryan and (Scott) Walker have done, people want to know there’s an alternative," Kreitlow told WisPolitics.com.

Kreitlow, who announced earlier this spring, said he got into the race in part to begin raising money, saying he expected Duffy to pull in $2 million for the campaign.

Kreitlow lives in the southwestern corner of the 7th CD, and the new lines that will be drawn in redistricting could leave him outside the district. Kreitlow says he doubts Republicans want to send a message that they're so afraid of him facing Duffy that they'd draw him out of the district. But if they do, he will move into the 7th CD ahead of the election, even though he would not legally be required to do so to run for the seat.

Kreitlow lost his state Senate seat last fall after being swept into office in the 2006 Dem wave. He said the environment next year will be significantly better for Dems than the one in which he lost just last fall. He said part of that is because of the policies Republicans have implemented in th state and the U.S. House.

"The lack of any focus on the American worker is what’s leading the American worker and the American voter to embrace Democrats in the next cycle," Kreitlow said.

-- By JR Ross

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