HUDSON, Wis. - St. Croix County is the newest addition to Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. It has not, by any means, been ignored by the two men vying to hold the seat for the next two years.
Democratic Challenger Pat Kreitlow and Republican US Representative Sean Duffy have been logging thousands of miles trying to talk to voters in every corner of this politically diverse, and geographically large district.
Kreitlow is a former State Senator from Chippewa Falls. He is the son of a railroad worker and also a former television anchor in Eau Claire. "We need people in government that are more accountable to the people back home instead of their biggest donors," Kreitlow told KARE 11.
Representative Duffy is a former lumberjack competitor, former MTV Real World cast member, and a former District Attorney of eight years. "When my congressman, Obey, authored and pushed through congress the trillion dollar stimulus bill, (that's) when I decided to run for congress," he said.
This is an interesting district that covers a lot of ground in the northwestern part of the state. Geography has forced both men and outside interests to purchase television advertising in four TV markets, including the Twin Cities.
"I actually feel bad for people who's only exposure to the elections this year has bene through the TV screen. They think that everything is negative and nasty," Kreitlow said. "I think it becomes challenging for people and the viewers to understand who's telling me the truth, and so, I think you have to look a little deeper," Duffy added.
Both men fall in line lock-step with the presidential candidates in terms of taxes and budgeting, and they both agree that reaching across the political aisle will be key to getting things done in Washington in the coming years.
"You need people who are willing to go there and are willing to work; this is a tough problem, this is a big problem, and I'm wiling to put ideas on the table to fix this problem before we have a debt crisis or an economic crisis," Representative Duffy concluded.
"Depending on who you talk to, they either think the number one issue is jobs and the economy or its wasteful spending and the deficit, and they're both right. The thing is you can do (fix) both," Kreitlow said.
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