Skip to comments.State Sen. Glenn Grothman plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (Wisconsin)
Posted on 04/03/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) announced Thursday he will challenge longtime Republican congressman Tom Petri in the 6th Congressional District.
Grothman made the announcement on Charlie Sykes' morning talk-show on WTMJ-AM (620). Asked if he was running, Grothman replied, "Absolutely."
Grothman conceded he did not currently live within district boundaries, but said he planned to move to Campbellsport in Fond du Lac County. "I don't think it's going to be an issue," he said.
He also said he expected the state's Republican congressional delegation to back Petri.
"There is apparently a deal between Wisconsin Republican congressmen that they come to the aid of each other," he said. "They come to bat for each other no matter what."
Asked last month about the growing number of Republicans considering a challenge, a Petri spokesman said his boss is up for the race.
"Congressman Petri is running for re-election," said Petri staffer Lee Brooks on March 21. "He plans on circulating his nomination papers soon."
But one Republican leader, who asked not to be named, said Petri has been rattled by this talk of a possible GOP primary. The source put the odds at only 50-50 that the 73-year-old incumbent will run this fall.
Among other Republicans considering a possible bid are state Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) and businessman John Hiller, a longtime adviser to Gov. Scott Walker. Sources said state Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) would consider running only if Petri retires.
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I hope Tom Petri retires. It’s absurd for these Congressmen and Senators to stay in office for 30 to 40 years. Time for someone new.
Petri, I believe this is pronounced PEE-tree, ie the way that annoyed Dick Van Dyke’s Rob Petrie (PET-tree.)
Now here a subpar Republican sitting in safeish (Obama won it by an eyelash in 2008 with McCain laying an egg in state) seat that’s been flying under the radar for over 30 years. It’s passed time for him to go.