Among a crowded Republican field in Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District, candidate Dan Kapanke is poised to challenge seven-term Democrat incumbent Ron Kind in one of the toughest races he has faced in years. The district, which shares a border with the Mississippi River and Illinois in Wisconsin’s southwest corner, sports the second most dairy farms in the country, making taxes and the sluggish economic recovery a large focus of this year’s election.
Although this moderate district has most recently been carried by a Democrat, Kind has proven to be quite vulnerable this election year. The Kind-Pelosi agenda has been ineffective in creating jobs and lowering taxes and it is painfully obvious to residents of the Third District that Kind is completely out of touch with the needs of his constituents. Due to an inability to compete with subsidized European Common Market’s prices and California’s agribusiness, local family dairy farmers are quickly going out of business and Kind has done nothing to save these jobs. With a record of voting with Nancy Pelosi a staggering 93.5 percent of the time, Wisconsin voters are hurting from the motives of their incumbent candidate who has repeatedly proven to side with his party loyalty over the constituents he claims to represent. Kind is vulnerable this election year, as he will be forced to own up to his votes on the job-killing cap-and-trade bill and the failed economic stimulus, which have resulted in spending the country into trillions of dollars of debt that will cripple our grandchildren and their economy. He failed to protect taxpayers from Congress’ fiscal irresponsibility and by approving of the cap-and-trade bill, otherwise described as an unfair energy tax, Kind will pile more taxes on to Wisconsin’s farmers and business owners in an already struggling economy.