Well…how to begin.
State Sen. Glenn Grothman says he plans to run for Congress, challenging fellow Republican Tom Petri for the seat representing east-central Wisconsin.
Grothman on Thursday called Petri a “very good human being” but says he represents a time when Republicans stood for expanding government.
Petri is a 73-year-old moderate who’s held his seat for 35 years. He won most of his elections handily, facing little or no competition from fellow Republicans.
But Grothman says Republicans in Congress have been lacking. He says he’s concerned about a culture of dependency in the U.S., and the federal government is overreaching into everything from health care to education.
At least two other Republicans are considering challenging Petri, including state Rep. Duey Stroebel and John Hiller, a close confidante of Gov. Scott Walker.
As anyone who’s read this blog since 2003 knows, I’m no great fan or cheerleader of Tom Petri. That being said, I respect him nonetheless having known him since high school and the years since.
I also feel that we who grew up in the 6th District have more than earned the right to replace him with a candidate of our already existing bench. This entire stunt feels like a grand scheme from southeast Wisconsin to push its weight around with those of us here have been more than patient over the years. That redistricting and a desire by Ozaukee Co. to spread its wings since it is no longer under the thumb of the Waukesha Co. GOP machine have more to do with it. That this might be Grothman’s only opportunity to push forward his career since he clearly is not loved by the 5th District establishment (i.e. Sensenbrenner).
Let’s be clear here. There are going to be many people out in the traditional 6th who feel the way I do about this. They don’t “love” Petri, but they also feel this isn’t needed. That’s going to be in Sheboygan Co., that’s going to be in Manitowoc Co., and that’s certainly going to be in Fond du Lac and Winnebago Cos.
Trust me, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who I would prefer as my next Congressman. That being said, it sure as hell isn’t Glenn Grothman.
For starter’s Grothman’s too dependent on southeast Wisconsin media. That might be great for the Ozaukee Co. crew, but I’m fairly certain no one in the Green Bay market has heard much about him. (Hell, the part of the district that’s in the Madison market sure has heard a lot about him…)
Secondly, Glenn’s a gaffe machine. That might work for some, but it tends to make me cringe when a headline is “Grothman Says Money Matters More to Men than Women.” (It’s actually on his Wikipedia page.) Trust me, I get, understand and support the ideas behind the policy he’s pushing for, he just seems to find the most asinine way to say it.
Hell, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked to comment on the Joy Cardin Show about a law Glenn’s only proposed.
Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post just got her dream fulfilled with this announcement.
I’ve already said my peace more at RightWisconsin on the entire idea of a primary. Now I’m just going to cringe as I watch Glenn campaign for it, because you know who else is hoping for a “Fun Race?” The press, just to see Glenn crash and burn since he’s a public relations hand grenade primed to go off.