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U.S. moderate Republican to retire after primary challenge emerges
Reuters ^ | 4/11/2014 | Reuters

Posted on 04/11/2014 5:09:50 PM PDT by mdittmar

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - Longtime Republican congressman Thomas Petri of Wisconsin will not seek re-election in November, announcing his decision just a week after a conservative state legislator revealed plans to mount a primary challenge for his seat.

Petri, 73, viewed as a moderate member of the party, will formally announce his retirement plans at a town hall meeting on Monday in Neenah, Wisconsin, his office said in a statement on Friday. It gave no details about the reason for the decision.

Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin state senator who is considered one of the state's most conservative Republicans, said last week he would file papers to run in the eastern Wisconsin 6th congressional district.

In a statement, Grothman, said Petri had done too little to stop the growth of government and to shrink the $17.5 trillion federal debt. He added that he was troubled by the millions more people who have become dependent on food and disability aid in recent years.

"The current congressman from the 6th District is a decent, genial person; nevertheless he does not have the sense of urgency which the above statistics should engender," said Grothman, 58. "I, like others, am troubled about our country's future."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: conservatives; elections; glenngrothman; houseraces; neenah; primaries; rhino; rino; tea; thomaspetri; wisconsin
Another one bites the dust.
1 posted on 04/11/2014 5:09:50 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Hopefully he doesn’t vote for Amnesty, as a GIFT to the people that want to kill this country.


2 posted on 04/11/2014 5:12:26 PM PDT by BobL
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To: mdittmar

I never believe them when they say “moderate”.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 5:16:25 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: BobL

I think challenger Grothman is one of the immigration hawks in Wisconsin who was told to pipe down by La Raza Walker.


4 posted on 04/11/2014 5:16:40 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: mdittmar

Lots of democrat and RINO retirements in the midwest these days.


5 posted on 04/11/2014 5:17:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I was searching for Paul Ryan’s immigration views from 2007-2008. Scott Walker says immigration distracts the GOP from Hispanic family values vote.

http://www.sanctuarycities.info/sanctuary_state_wisconsin.htm

Grothman’s bill would prevent ‘sanctuary cities’
Senator aims to eliminate safe harbors for illegal aliens
By ZAK MAZUR - GM Today Staff
September 19, 2007

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) introduced legislation Tuesday to prevent local governments from declaring themselves sanctuary cities for illegal aliens.

Sanctuary cities protect illegal aliens through local resolutions, executive orders or city ordinances. City police departments may also issue their own special orders, policies and general orders to a similar effect.


6 posted on 04/11/2014 5:18:41 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: mdittmar

FR needs its own “FR Like” buttons!!!!


7 posted on 04/11/2014 5:21:40 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: mdittmar

Good. One less Bonerite.


8 posted on 04/11/2014 5:23:10 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: mdittmar

he doesn’t want to end his career losing to a challenger republican.

wi is cleaning house well since 2010.


9 posted on 04/11/2014 5:25:44 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
he doesn’t want to end his career losing to a challenger republican.

He's probably also having difficulty raising money.

10 posted on 04/11/2014 5:33:37 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Right Wing Watch endorses Grothman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDq3oRHmV3E

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wisconsin-gop-house-candidate-glenn-grothman-speaks-out-against-war-men


11 posted on 04/11/2014 5:46:57 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

“legislation Tuesday to prevent local governments from declaring themselves sanctuary cities for illegal aliens.”

It sad that you have to pass a law, to get someone to enforce a common-sense law.


12 posted on 04/11/2014 5:48:58 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: SeeSharp

he hasn’t had a republicn challenger ina loooooooooong time. he sees how wi is going and he’s not tea party/conservative.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 6:24:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: mdittmar
"Petri, 73"

Good Idea. When I get to 73 there is no way I'd be hanging out in DC.

14 posted on 04/11/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeeSharp

He has no issue with money considering the NRCC dolls out where they think or need an incumbent to win. Add to that, the incumbent protection racket would have netted him millions over the time he has been there, especially since he went unchallenged in primaries.

The reality is that all of these guys have their own internal polling people on staff, paid for by you and me, and their internal polling must look horrible. So why make the effort and in the mean-time, find a way to ferret out that war chest to a private account under his control for the retirement years that the Congreess-critter retirement bennies wouldn’t cover.

With a Congress that is virtually assured to stay in the control of the GOP in numbers, sure are a lot of high ranking members who are willing to throw in the towel lately. Something big is stirring up and we all feel it too.


15 posted on 04/12/2014 3:17:35 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: mdittmar; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Petri to retire; Grothman to file Great news.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


16 posted on 04/12/2014 4:19:29 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

La Raza Walker? Tell me, who passes your purity test?


17 posted on 04/12/2014 5:26:48 AM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: T. P. Pole; ObamahatesPACoal

St Peter was high on his list until he learned of the lies to the Romans


18 posted on 04/12/2014 5:42:51 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: T. P. Pole

Scott Walker believes you should let in anyone who wants to work. Even Rand Paul says you can’t let the world in.

If you make it easier for low skilled immigrants to qualify, you get more of it.

He doesn’t want to enforce immigration laws even though a cop got killed and there were attempts by Grothman to address it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/scott-walker-immigration_n_2251264.html


19 posted on 04/12/2014 3:08:30 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

That doesn’t answer who passes your purity test. Name him or her.

And that link you attached does not say what you say here. It says that he discourages the state legislators spending time on an Arizona-style immigration law. That article doesn’t say what you claim he believes. Maybe he does, but your “proof” isn’t.


20 posted on 04/12/2014 4:43:15 PM PDT by T. P. Pole
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