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.