Brian Walsh

With the retirement of long-time incumbent David Obey in Wisconsin’s 7th District, Democrats knew they were in for a tough election this fall as liberal state senator Julie Lassa competes against Republican Sean Duffy.  But if you look at recent developments, you can tell the Democrats are getting desperate and see the race slipping away.  Lassa and her Washington allies have launched baseless attacks which have been universally denounced - with even FactCheck.org calling their attempt to distort Sean’s record as a “misfire”.  Overall, their claims were classified as not just false, but “ridiculously so".

The fact that Democrats are trying sink Sean shows that the 7th district is one that Republicans can use to take back the majority in the House.  His message of fiscal responsibility is resonating with constituents and this lumberjack champion is ready to bring the axe to Washington.

Ranked by The Cook Political Report as a “Toss Up” race, this seat has only a D+3 PVI rating and will be tough for Democrats to defend in November.  As the campaign continues to develop over the next month, one thing is clear – Duffy is campaigning hard and is setting up to roll his competition.

Original Piece: Obey Out in Wisconsin

For over 40 years, Dave Obey had a stranglehold on northwest Wisconsin’s Congressional seat. But the political world was rocked on May 5th when Pelosi’s chief spending lieutenant made the surprise announcement that he would retire at the end of his current term.  There is no doubt that the strong grassroots campaign of Sean Duffy played a major role in Obey’s decision.


Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.