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Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany was waiting at the door of the Al-Gen Supper Club in Rhinelander this morning, greeting well-wishers as he prepared to launch a solid bid to join the U.S. Congress.

Inside were Tiffany allies, including 34th Assemblyman Rob Swearingen, who owns the restaurant; representatives of several law enforcement agencies, including Langlade County Sheriff Mark Weston and Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman; several members of Tiffany's family, including his wife, Chris and one of his three daughters; and three dozen supporters enthusiastically grabbing up Tiffany for Congress placards and T-shirts.

“Let her rip,” Tiffany said to Swearingen as the event opened.

The affable lawmaker, who has served the 12th District since 2012 as a two-year stint in the Assembly, was ebullient at the podium, promising to be “the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward.”

Trump easily won the district in 2016 by 20 points, but the special election to replace resigning U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy could be an early test of Trump's standing in Wisconsin. The date of the election has yet to be set, but it's likely to be early in 2020.

“We desperately need to pick up those big shoes that Sean has left us to fill,” Tiffany, casting himself as a “proven conservative,” said.

“I'm running for Congress to be the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward,” Tiffany said. “He needs help to secure our borders, to stop the left's obsessive march towards Socialism, to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, to protect the unborn, and to get the government off our backs so we can all prosper.”

Tiffany, a native of western Wisconsin and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has lived in the Rhinelander area for decades, and in state politics since 2011.

“When I was elected to the state legislature, Wisconsin had serious problems: budget deficits, high unemployment, businesses fleeing our state, and a deep pessimism,” he said. “With like-minded women and men in the legislature, we made Wisconsin a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family...and to those who know me, I will do the same in Washington.”

Tiffany also mentioned Duffy's unfailing sense of optimism, something that he said is missing in the nation's Capitol,

“There has been too much ‘I' in Washington,” he said. “If you elect me it will be ‘we' the people in Washington.”

And he returned repeatedly to the direction he felt the Congress was tilting under the control of the Democrats.

“They have the power to take any our freedom and we should never allow that,” he said. “I will stand with President Trump against socialism so my daughters will have the same opportunities I had.”

He concluded with “can I earn your support?” and there was a rousing “yes” in reply.

“Let's come together in the coming months to keep this seat red,” Tiffany said. “Let's go get this thing.”

After this morning's announcement in Rhinelander, Tiffany was kicking off a whirlwind tour of the district, including stops over the next two days in Schofield, Cadott, Hudson, Rice Lake, Hayward and ending Wednesday afternoon in Superior.

Other Republicans thinking about getting in the race dropped out ahead of Tiffany's announcement. Both state Sen. Jerry Petrowski and Republican strategist Luke Hilgemann bowed out this week.

Jason Church, an Army veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan and now works for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, is considering running as a Republican. Church, who received his law degree last year, works for Johnson as his northwest regional director.

Republican state Rep. Romaine Quinn, of Barron, is considering a run as is Cuban-born Wausau thoracic surgeon Fernando “Fritz” Riveron.

On the Democratic side, those considering a bid include state Rep. Nick Milroy, of South Range; state Sen. Janet Bewley, of Mason; former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, of Chippewa Falls; and Wausau attorney Christine Bremer Muggli.

Duffy is resigning on Sept. 23 to spend more time with his family ahead of the birth of his ninth child in October. Gov. Tony Evers has not said what the dates of the special election will be.

Wisconsin's 7th District covers all or parts of 20 northern and northwestern Wisconsin counties and is the state's largest congressional district geographically. It has grown more conservative since Duffy took office in 2011. In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney carried the district with 51 percent of the vote, compared with 48 percent that went to then-President Barack Obama. In 2016, Trump won it by 57 percent to 37 percent over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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State Sen. Tom Tiffany announcing his bid for U.S. Congress in Rhinelander this morning, the first stop on a whirlwind tour.

Tiffany launches Congressional bid
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Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany was waiting at the door of the Al-Gen Supper Club in Rhinelander this morning, greeting well-wishers as he prepared to launch a solid bid to join the U.S. Congress.

Inside were Tiffany allies, including 34th Assemblyman Rob Swearingen, who owns the restaurant; representatives of several law enforcement agencies, including Langlade County Sheriff Mark Weston and Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman; several members of Tiffany's family, including his wife, Chris and one of his three daughters; and three dozen supporters enthusiastically grabbing up Tiffany for Congress placards and T-shirts.

“Let her rip,” Tiffany said to Swearingen as the event opened.

The affable lawmaker, who has served the 12th District since 2012 as a two-year stint in the Assembly, was ebullient at the podium, promising to be “the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward.”

Trump easily won the district in 2016 by 20 points, but the special election to replace resigning U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy could be an early test of Trump's standing in Wisconsin. The date of the election has yet to be set, but it's likely to be early in 2020.

“We desperately need to pick up those big shoes that Sean has left us to fill,” Tiffany, casting himself as a “proven conservative,” said.

“I'm running for Congress to be the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward,” Tiffany said. “He needs help to secure our borders, to stop the left's obsessive march towards Socialism, to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, to protect the unborn, and to get the government off our backs so we can all prosper.”

Tiffany, a native of western Wisconsin and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has lived in the Rhinelander area for decades, and in state politics since 2011.

“When I was elected to the state legislature, Wisconsin had serious problems: budget deficits, high unemployment, businesses fleeing our state, and a deep pessimism,” he said. “With like-minded women and men in the legislature, we made Wisconsin a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family...and to those who know me, I will do the same in Washington.”

Tiffany also mentioned Duffy's unfailing sense of optimism, something that he said is missing in the nation's Capitol,

“There has been too much ‘I' in Washington,” he said. “If you elect me it will be ‘we' the people in Washington.”

And he returned repeatedly to the direction he felt the Congress was tilting under the control of the Democrats.

“They have the power to take any our freedom and we should never allow that,” he said. “I will stand with President Trump against socialism so my daughters will have the same opportunities I had.”

He concluded with “can I earn your support?” and there was a rousing “yes” in reply.

“Let's come together in the coming months to keep this seat red,” Tiffany said. “Let's go get this thing.”

After this morning's announcement in Rhinelander, Tiffany was kicking off a whirlwind tour of the district, including stops over the next two days in Schofield, Cadott, Hudson, Rice Lake, Hayward and ending Wednesday afternoon in Superior.

Other Republicans thinking about getting in the race dropped out ahead of Tiffany's announcement. Both state Sen. Jerry Petrowski and Republican strategist Luke Hilgemann bowed out this week.

Jason Church, an Army veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan and now works for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, is considering running as a Republican. Church, who received his law degree last year, works for Johnson as his northwest regional director.

Republican state Rep. Romaine Quinn, of Barron, is considering a run as is Cuban-born Wausau thoracic surgeon Fernando “Fritz” Riveron.

On the Democratic side, those considering a bid include state Rep. Nick Milroy, of South Range; state Sen. Janet Bewley, of Mason; former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, of Chippewa Falls; and Wausau attorney Christine Bremer Muggli.

Duffy is resigning on Sept. 23 to spend more time with his family ahead of the birth of his ninth child in October. Gov. Tony Evers has not said what the dates of the special election will be.

Wisconsin's 7th District covers all or parts of 20 northern and northwestern Wisconsin counties and is the state's largest congressional district geographically. It has grown more conservative since Duffy took office in 2011. In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney carried the district with 51 percent of the vote, compared with 48 percent that went to then-President Barack Obama. In 2016, Trump won it by 57 percent to 37 percent over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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State Sen. Tom Tiffany announcing his bid for U.S. Congress in Rhinelander this morning, the first stop on a whirlwind tour.
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