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Assembly Republican Steve Nass to run for state Senate

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - One of the most conservative members of the Wisconsin Assembly plans to run for the Senate this fall.  

His chief aide confirms that Whitewater Republican Steve Nass will announce his candidacy Wednesday afternoon for the Senate post to be vacated by 16-year legislative veteran Neal Kedzie.  

The Journal Sentinel said the move is already raising concerns among Senate Republicans -- fearing they might have trouble rounding up votes to pass the next state budget if he wins, and the GOP has a slim majority next year.  

Nass has voted against budgets proposed by both parties over his two dozen years in office, saying they failed the tests of fiscal conservatism.  

Kedzie, a Republican from Elkhorn, announced Tuesday he would step down in November. The Journal Sentinel says Kedzie will endorse Nass -- and so will Assembly Republican Tyler August of Lake Geneva, who represents about a third of Kedzie's Senate district.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)