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State Sen. Grothman to run against Tom Petri for Congress

Senator Glenn Grothman
Rep. Tom Petri
Senator Glenn Grothman

FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - One of the state's most conservative legislators said Thursday he would run for Congress.

Wisconsin Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend announced a primary challenge against long-time Sixth District Republican Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.

In a statement, Grothman noted that he's frustrated by, "a federal government that seems to be out of control at a time when, by many standards, our great country is in a state of decline."

Grothman said he's upset about a national debt that's gone up by 68 percent since 2000, and by growing numbers of Americans on the public dole.

Grothman, a former attorney, has been in the Senate since 2005, and in the Assembly for 12 years before that. He's currently the Senate's assistant majority leader.

Petri is in his 36th year in the House. He and Grothman would face each other in a mid-August primary.

Grothman told a Milwaukee radio station that he doesn't live in Petri's district right now -- but he plans to move to Campbellsport, and he does not believe it will be an issue.

A few years ago, Grothman considered running for Herb Kohl's former U.S. Senate seat, but he decided against it.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)