Former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow announced Monday that he intends to run for a U.S. Congress seat in 2012, saying he will fight against “this new war on the middle class.”

Kreitlow, who served one four-year term in the Wisconsin Senate as a Democrat from Chippewa Falls, plans to challenge first-year incumbent Sean Duffy (R-Ashland) for the 7th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Earlier this month the Herald had reported that Kreitlow had formed an exploratory committee for a possible run at Duffy. Kreitlow said that happened “after the new Republican majority began to show it had no interest in keeping its promise to focus on job creation and economic recovery back home.”

 “The last straw for me was Sean Duffy’s vote to blow up Medicare, a promise we make to every middle class American that says decades of hard work will be rewarded with a retirement filled with the chance to stay healthy,” Kreitlow said. “Instead, he wants to give seniors a lame coupon and a shove back into the health insurance shark tank, even as he gives billionaires another tax cut.”

Kreitlow, 46, is a journalism graduate from UW-Eau Claire. He became a well-known figure by anchoring the television news at WEAU for many years. He and his wife Sharry have two adult daughters and a grandson.

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hiker

Great News!!!!! Pat will return fairness, honesty and democracy back to the 7 Congressional District. Thanks Pat!!!!

hiker

GREAT news!!!! Pat will return fairness, honesty and democracy back to the 7th Congressional District. Thanks Pat!!!

nella47

Thank goodness! Finally somone who knows what he is doing; won't rob the middle class to pay for even more tax cuts for the rich, will protect social security, medicare, medicaid, and most importantly the basic democratic rights we have worked so hard for.

CFHunter

Thank god, we need more puppy mill legislation when jobs are being lost. If I remember correctly he was part of the gang that got the state into this mess. Maybe Chuckie can be his campaign manager. He can use "tic toc tic toc" in his message to the people just like Chuckie does. We all know how effective it is when trying to make a point. Next Pat and Chuckie can run for president. Both have big enough egos.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Job 1 of an elected official: get re-elected. Oops, missed that one. Now ride the tide of current partisan dissatisfaction to get back into office. I am middle class, pay in but have no expectation of being "given" anything through medicare or social security when I hope to retire in 20 years. I want to hear some honesty from these people to say that we're broke & the system as we know it will not be in existence in the future. Make some sound cuts & quit "giving" away the store, it's ok by me.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

nella47 - Just what exactly are our "basic democratic rights"?

cfresident

Can't wait to cast my vote for someone who will stand up for the middle class.

Rainmaker

Please bring any clothes or food you have for the Duffy family. They are having a real tough time making it on $174,000 salary.

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

when Wisconsin repbuliar Paul Ryan accused " the Obama regime of attacking our basic democratic rights" - on the Sunday talking heads show 14 days ago-- WHAT DID HE MEAN

Perhaps he was talking about the same thing as Nella47- the term "Basic democratic rights" is not a misnomer NOR is it fallacy You should know that living in a republic governed by a representative democracy.

something tells me the word democracy fizzles your republiar mind- read a little learn a alot-try that OKAY

Common_Sense

Since Scott Walker's election, have you made a single comment Alan that hasn't contained a slur?

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

I-by that I mean me-consider my basic rights to be free speech, political association of my choice, to vote, to due process and protections against illegal search and seizure. I did not ask Mr Ryan for his explanation nor do I care because he will only provide partisan political double-talk. You, Mr Shore, immediately assume things that are not necessarily true based on your own opinions. Is honesty or transparency too much to ask for from the people we elect to represent us, whoever it may be?

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

NOPE-except for this one... oh wait-

I dont want to let this opportunity pass me by-- I am working to recall another REPUBLIAR any more questions...

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Well, since only 8 of the potential 16 have been recalled so far in this state and as I understand it Governor Walker has it to look forward to in 2012, I would guess you do still have recall efforts to concentrate on. Isn't it wonderful to live in a state that allows it and to live in a country that won't throw you in jail for doing it? I would just caution you to not be overly confident in any of recall election results. Not everyone that votes partakes in polls before going to the ballot box.

CFHunter

Good luck Allan, all that work for nothing. Not one recall even certified or approved yet(both sides). I imagine after they find out that dead people can still sign their name and that some people live in many districts they might throw a few names off the lists.

reader

Kreitlow is not what is needed. Did not do a good job at the state level and was defeated. Come up with someone much better.
And by the way - no one has been recalled yet!!!!!!

topps70man

Ho hum more of the same another career polictian.Lake front property On lake wissota another poor Polictian. Start electing our rep.s like Jury duty every 2,4,6 years it somebody elses term not a full time job collecting a check

wreckerguy

[quote]Alan_Shore said: "something tells me the word democracy fizzles your republiar mind- read a little learn a alot-try that OKAY "[/quote]

Please tell me, what is your definition of "democracy"? I am sure you can enlighten us all with your so called "degree" making you so much smarter than us. We are a Republic, true, but I don't believe you have any clue what "democracy" is.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

My apologies to "reader", space limits on here didn't let me appropriately say that 8 officials had papers filed with signatures and were petitioned to be subject to recall election. While some may not know what a "democracy" is, we were all given a lesson as to what it supposedly "looks like" over and over again at the state capitol a few weeks ago.

chinchip

Yep Allan and when all of you intelligent people have gotten through with all of your stupid recalls and wasted millions of taxpayers dollars for not one thing to change you can all gather at the lodge and pat yourselves on the back and say what a good job you all have done wasting more taxpayer dollars because that is all your side seems to be good at. The same goes for the Rebubs that have recalls going. When it is said and done the Repubs will have the majority they need to stop the running

realtaxpayer

Its been awhile, but I'm glad to see you liberals are still HOLDING YOUR HANDS OUT! Especially you alan,are still looking for the goverment handouts! Keep up the good fight,meanwhile the rest of us conservatives have to get back to work! That is to pay for all your wants and needs! Its such a big bad world out there,be careful AL! If only their was a degree in ambition or work ethic? I'M WAITING FOR YOUR PEARLS OF WISDOM AL? What would your father have said? BLOW MY MIND

realtaxpayer

TIC-TOC TIC-TOC
Thats chuckie waitin for his hard earned check to come! Keep waitin, for the hard earned one that is!

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

Wreckerguy- We live in a republic governed by a representative democracy. BTW-Democracy is the worst form of government unless compared to all the others. We elect people to make decisions and we elect them because “they tell US what they think” and we then look to other indicators-a democracy brought US Scott Walker. You cry and whine about hating lawyers- and won’t elect anyone who isn’t one. A republic allows US to challenge our democracy. You think YOUR sick of lawyers?.

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

wreckerguy- What I am sick of is the republican/TY WEBB styles of thinking-that being–“the shortest distance between two points- is in a straight line BACKWARDS”
That’s republican thinking, look at what Walker did to collective bargaining, with democrats yes its often three steps forward & two steps back but versus, you know every step is backwards.

Questioning the powers that be or Changing them is not only PERMITTED, its required under the circumstances. How can we afford NOT TO answer that

lefty17

Duffy lied about cutting Medicare and Medicaid. By signing Paul Ryan's take from the poor and give to the rich proposed budget he's agreed to END Medicare and Medicaid. It is also a giant giveaway to the mega pharmaceutical and insurance conglomerates. That no doubt bodes well for the likes of Duffy and Ryan finding lobbyist positions when voted out. Pat Kreitlow welcome to the fight to save our country from the corporatist attempt to end the middle class as we used to know it.

Chuckie

realtaxpayer, it's direct deposit and always on time. Pat has my vote because he is honest and educated, two words you have no idea as to their concept or meaning. Perhaps your political concerns should be with the 5 repug senators recalled, the 2 Democratic Not recalled today (not enough signatures) and one scatt-rat governor soon to be recalled on 249 days, tic-toc-tic-toc. Recount starts Wednesday.

Keepin it Real

Some people just don't get it... Nice try Pat, guess you didn't have other options like other former politicians have. Sean Duffy is very popular and actually for a Freshman Congressman has done a pretty fair job so far. Part of the problems for our State are due to you and policies that you supported and you still don't get it.

wreckerguy

[quote]Alan_Shore said: "Wreckerguy- We live in a republic governed by a representative democracy. BTW-Democracy is the worst form of government unless compared to all the others."[/quote]

Just what I thought. Good use of Google tho...........

Merlin
Merlin

Is anyone surprised that Kreitlow just won't go away? You think he is for the middle class? Guess again.

WI 2010 Health Care Law - allowing kids to stay on your insurance until age 27. Sounds good, until you read the fine print. WI taxes you on that coverage by adding the cost of a single plan to your wages which inevitably bumps your entire income up causing you to pay obnoxious taxes.

Add to that: Taxing HSA's, huge tobacco taxes, automatic yearly gas tax increases, transportation fund ...

dans

"Blow up Medicare." Even if that was an accurate description of the plan, a controlled demolition is better than an uncontrolled disaster. As a 34 year-old firmly entrenched in the middle class and not going anywhere else, I say blow it up. I don't want the federal government "promising" to take care of me. At least we know that Kreitlow is still able to read a script, this time from a democrat talking points memo.

Merlin
Merlin

and tobacco fund pilfering leading to higher fees and no money to fix the roads we PAID for, BUT he did spend a record amount of money on Education *cough* unions *cough*, Badger Care, while driving jobs out of the state.

I guess your definition of Middle Class and mine are slightly different. Most of us are middle class and every tax increase he voted for affected us the most and gave us nothing in return. Sure, the unions and to a lesser extent the "poor" benefited but what about the...

Merlin
Merlin

middle class?

Show me one thing this guy did for the betterment of the entire state and not one of your partisan "feel good" policies that do nothing but create a drain on the working people of this state.

The hard truth is that Kreitlow was part of the problem in this state, he spent too much money without even knowing the entire legislation he was voting for and how it would affect the MIDDLE CLASS.

For the middle class? Nope. Typical tax and spend liberal, a definite YES.

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

[quote]wreckerguy said: "Just what I thought. Good use of Google tho"[/quote]

winston churchill made those statements he also said- greatest argument against democracy is best understood after 10 minutes talking with an average voter--(people like yourself)

Shame is that accuracy and intelligence confound you - they spoil your Il-conceived notions and ruin your incoherent philosophy.

I have a Triple A- Aren't you the gomer that changed my flat tire on hastings way??

youknowme
youknowme

Yay for Pat Kretilow...not. Lefty I don't get what you mean "take from the poor and give to the rich" What is ever taken from the poor and "given" to the rich, income, entitlements? Alan, every step is backwards, hardly. The dems love to breed class envy yet at the same time sustain the low-class so they have a continuous voting bloc that they look like they're fighting for. Allowing ALL individuals to keep more of THEIR money is not backwards. Wealth redistribution does make poor people rich.

Chuckie

Pat will get elected, he is a Democrat and that Party is in far majority and growing every day thanks to scatt-rat and his band of sheep. repugs, enjoy your slight but brief reign of terror because the Democrats are coming and it aint gonna be pretty. Get America back, vote Democrat. tic-toc-tic-toc.

BAM

Mr. Shore-Churchill had much better quotes, like: "I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly."

"There is no such thing as a good tax."

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

Our system of government may not make everyone happy, obviously...but in the words of Ted Nugent....everyone sucks, we just suck less.

youknowme
youknowme

Chuckie, far majority? You must live in lala land man. For one, "far majority" you must have been one of those that predicted 75% for Kloppenberg. She lost with your "far majority" right in the middle of the heated debate. You should not be over confident especially when a democrat controlled congress has a 15% approval rating. For every one of you, there is 1.001 of the other side so there is no majority either way.

Chuckie

We shall see but, not getting enough recall signatures yesterday for 2 D-Senators Milw and Madison, sure must raise some doubt as to how strong the repugs are and who is gaining control. But, time will tell, tic-toc-tic-toc.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Not getting enough signatures in Madison & Milwaukee didn't surpise a soul, even an independent would be shocked to get enough support in these two areas to amount to a pinch of anything. Try not to read too much into your "victory" Charles.

Chuckie

CVCitizen, If what you say is correct, why would they even go through the time,expense and agony of failure if they knew they would not get enough signatures? That's 25% of their recall targets. Surely takes some reading into or looking into and a conclusion reached. I am comfortable with my analysis along with other factors that have come my way. Must be the positive thinking kicking in.

cfresident

Duffy is doing a poor job. He can't explain clearly to voters how voting to cut one of the most popular programs ever is going to create jobs and benefit his constituents. He can't even admit he voted against it! Duffy is also against health care for women and he also can't provide support for his claims, other than that he thinks women should be at home with the kiddies. No wonder he can't make it on 174,000. Live within your means, Sean. You have to pay for your offspring.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Chuckie, my guess & it's only a guess, is they went through the expense and time because they were led/told to by their party leaders since these two senators could potentially be petitioned into a recall election. Does it make sense to spend the money? Not to me. Did they really think they would get enough signatures? I strongly doubt it. But if they didn't their own party members would have called them weak. Similar to unions & Dem party members continually stirring the pot in this uproar.

CFHunter

"Most popular programs ever" For who? Not for me pal, I pay into this thing with very little hope of it being there when I retire. I work and plan based on it not being around. Grandfathering people in is a great idea then at least the people who don't have the time to react will still be covered. I can do better for myself if I can control my own money since I have 20-30 years left to work. I am sick of paying into a program that is broken.

Chuckie

CVCitizen, yes, it does make sense the way you put it and yes, both sides do tend to stir that pot, thanks for an honest answer.

wreckerguy

[quote]Alan_Shore said: "I have a Triple A- Aren't you the gomer that changed my flat tire on hastings way?? "[/quote]
The wrecker moniker in my name has nothing to do with my profession, but good try. You would be surprised what I really do for a living, but I really don't care to explain it to you. As for your remark, do you think all Tow Operators are Gomers? Nice judge of character for some very hard working men and women who don't get paid what they deserve. Answer the question.

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

wreckerguy- actually the nametag on his left breast clearly stated his name as GOMER

- and NO what you do for a living would not surprise me in fact based on your post it does not even interest me-I seen your post indicating that you and your wifes combined income last year was $37,000 dollars.

re-reading the drivel you proffered- I fail to see a Question -- and yet you asked me to answer one -- did you forget to insert it??

Your right Gomer seemed entirely more intelligent than you ....

Alan_Shore
Alan_Shore

thanks for the heads up chuckie --

wreckerguy

[quote]Alan_Shore said: " you and your wifes combined income last year was $37,000 dollars....."[/quote]

Re-read the paragraph brainiac.


Gomer indeed!

Chuckie

wreckerguy, after the name thrown out at our police, teachers, fireman etc, I thought Gomer was more of a compliment than and insult. I also thought Goober was the wrecker guys name. Goober/Gomer, guess it doesn't really matter as long as the intent it there. How's that for a definition of Democracy? Now quit your whining and think over what you have told. tic-toc-tic-toc.

wreckerguy

Yes chuckie,you really need to quit whining. I don't know why you keep insinuating that everyone else is lying. Is that like reverse psychology? You complain that everyone else is whining while your whining so you can draw attention to yourself. Does that make you feel better. All these post of yours, and they all have whining in them. As for a definition of Democrocy, I asked your pal alan for it. Still haven't got one yet. Yours isn't close. Just admit you don't know guys. Your mom is calling.

wreckerguy

[quote]Alan_Shore said: "the nametag on his left breast "[/quote]

Any hard working blue color person knows that the nametag is on the right breast..........is that because your so far to the left, that even right is left? Something tells me you don't get out in the real world much and affiliate with working folk.

Answer the question....no BS or quotes......I'm still waiting.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

12 posts below is where the last reference to the article this thread stems from was made by CFHunter, who by the way made some of the most valid observations arguing for or against. Wreckerguy, you're standing in a field of floodlights in neon clothing against two taking pot shots at you. Don't engage them - shoot out the lights and move on before their eyes adjust to the dark. You'll live to fight better and stronger another day. Search out your own tag-team partner so you can fight evenly.

Keepin it Real

To CFresident please stop your scare tactics Duffy is Not against Women's Health Issues if you believe that he is where are you getting your information? Also if health care is so important to you and it is me you should rethink your endorsement of Kreitlow. With what he supported while in Madison the Costs have increased an additional 3% every year with the mandated benefits he's voted for. Sorry I can't afford this extra cost for benefits that won't help me.

cfresident

Duffy voted against federal funding for cancer screenings, HIV testing, birth control, and other preventive care for women. He voted against it because he's against abortion. So I'd say that's pretty good evidence that he believes women's health is less important than his ideological beliefs. And the claim that it would help balance the budget is false as this funding is less than 1% of the federal budget! Speaking of evidence how can you possibly support your claim that rising health care costs are not part of an economic trend that's been going on for years?

derwynn

Pat is the very best. He is totally approacable and will answer any question directly. I personally plan to donate to and work for his election. Would love to be in Washington when he is sworn in!

wreckerguy

[quote]CVCitizen said: " Don't engage them - shoot out the lights and move on before their eyes adjust to the dark. "[/quote]
I have been in the spotlight(headlights) with neon reflective clothing on, so I am used to it. I believe these two are the same folks who don't abide by the "Move over/Slow down" law. You know, it's just "Gomers" out there, so who cares if they get hit. I am done responding to them anyways. I feel its like arguing with a pig, except the pig is brighter than these two.

Merlin
Merlin

[quote]youknowme said: "Chuckie, far majority? ..."[/quote]

Tic Toc Crock did in fact predict Kloppy by a landslide. Wonder what he will do when that watch winds down and he realizes he didn't get his way, again?

Merlin
Merlin

[quote]cfresident said: "Duffy is doing a poor job. ..."[/quote]

Let me guess, Obey did a fantastic job right? At what? Bankrupting this country? That is what he did you know - look at his record and how much money he spent with no way to pay for it - how his constituency ranked low in income and high in welfare. Can you say DUH?

Duffy has been in office 4 months and has done more for the people in his district than Obey did in 40 years.

Merlin
Merlin

[quote]wreckerguy said: "Just answer the question..."[/quote]

Ask him what type of government we are under. I bet he goes with a Democracy, either that or Socialism.

Tsk Tsk Tsk Tic Toc Crock, once again playing the judge over people.

Some day TTC, you will get your comeuppance, people like you who have an inflated sense of self worth *cough* narcissist *cough* always do.

I wonder what TTC will whine about when he loses (again)?

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Wreckerguy - "I have been...so I am used to it." That's a shame. It's too bad that just once in a while civil discussion couldn't break out.
Thank you King_Of_Leon.
To have a meaningful and thought-provoking discussion without - both radical left AND right spewing venom in name-calling; assumptions that every other point of view is wrong or tainted; & quoting all the talking heads whose job is to create controversy (or they would be out of a job) - would be a fine breath of fresh air.

cfresident

Neither the country nor the state is bankrupt. Compared to many other states, Wisconsin is in excellent shape fiscally and physically (won't last much longer, though, now that Walker's in office). If we have some bills to pay, they are because of the poor economy, the war, the stock market, and the TAX BREAKS for big corporations. $4 billion to the oil companies who are just raking it in. Obey protected the middle class against all of this and so will Pat Kreitlow!

wreckerguy

[quote]Merlin said: "Ask him what type of government we are under. I bet he goes with a Democracy"[/quote]

I keep asking, but he wont give me a simple explanation. I know what a Democracy is, but so many think we are one. We are a Republic. The problem with most people, is they want to stand on the soap box, but don't want to validate their arguments before they speak. Take care.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

And then Rainmaker, when you are done explaining the Tea Party thing, please explain to cfresident how one can be a Democrat without being an @ss. Or a Republican and not be an elephant. Oops, sorry, that second one isn't a very good example.
cfresident - please don't try to include me in your "they" reference to the birthers. I was not riding that train destined for derailment.

wreckerguy

[quote]CVCitizen said: "Wreckerguy - "I have been...so I am used to it." That's a shame. It's too bad that just once in a while civil discussion couldn't break out."[/quote]

Yes,it would be a good thing if that could happen. To many people want to listen to their parties "talking heads" on Fox, MSNBC or PBS. Its a follow the herd mentality. When something doesn't go your way, start the name calling. Both sides need to wake up, because if we don't, we will be in for a world of hurt. Take care.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Agreed Wreckerguy. Independent thinking has become a thing of the past for too many. As a society, we have come to rely on Rush or Olbermann for the "facts" of what the other side is up to. No news is ever reported without a slant to the left or the right. It's a slippery slope that can hopefully change course soon. Take care yourself. To quote my father, "I'll take it any way I can get it!"

Chuckie

Lets look at the facts here: 6 repug senators of the 8 on "The List" have had their papers signed and are ready to neuter, that's 75%. The recount has begun (thanks for picking up the tab). The Workers' Rights Bill moves on through the courts. The boycotts are really developing nicely and we are only 245 days away from scatt-rat-walker recall. We have the "whiners" and we have the "Doers." Reminder for all, scatt-rat recall in 245 days, tic-toc-tic-toc.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Umm, excuse me for also exercising my right to free speech in the same forum we are so blessed to have such experts partaking. Whether I have only one post or 1,000 what does that matter? You had only 17 at one time. I suppose I could sit back like most people I know that say nothing to the name-calling & union rhetoric brought forth by some intolerant folks here. They, I believe they are called the 'silent majority', typically speak their minds by voting, the last time I believe was April 5th.

cfresident

Pat Kreitlow is a decent and civil guy!

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Rainmaker, your arrogance and need to twist everything to vindicate your beliefs is tiring. My father is alive and still says it as a pleasant salutation, which is exactly how I offered it. He does not possess the seething hatred in him that fuels a fire to meaninglessly and anonymously attack others like you do. As for Boehner, he is weak & too politically motivated to do what really needs to be done. He favors re-election more than the depth of cuts necessary to get our country back on track.

Rainmaker

Is "gay" a slur?

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