Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Petri out, Leibham likely in

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“It seems that destiny has taken a hand.” – Rick, from Casablanca

Yeah, about that whole primary challenge to Congressman Tom Petri by State Sen Glenn Grothman? It just got whacked. This is from a press release from State Sen Joe Leibham,

State Sen. Joe Leibham (pronounced: LĪ–päm) announced Friday that he will take the next few days to consider running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 6th District after hearing that U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., will not be seeking re-election.

“Congressman Petri contacted me this morning to inform me of his decision to retire,” Leibham said. “I expressed my appreciation for his years of service to our area and nation, and I wished him well as he completes his term.

“Out of love and respect for my family and country, I will take time over the next couple of days to consider, discuss and pray about how and where I can best use my time and talent to improve the quality of life for our state and nation.”

Leibham, a resident and taxpayer of the 6th Congressional District, lives in Sheboygan with his wife, Heather, and their three young children.

Leibham has represented portions of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Calumet counties in the State Senate and the greater Sheboygan area in the State Assembly. Prior to his years of public service, Leibham worked in the private sector for Sargento Foods in Plymouth and the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.

In case you missed them, let me repeat the key words: “resident and taxpayer,” “lives in Sheboygan,” “Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Calumet counties,” “greater Sheboygan area,” “Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.”

Look, even Conley Newspaper columnist Owen Robinson was wondering why Grothman was running, and he lives in Grothman’s district. Robinson also predicted Grothman would be seen as a “carpetbagger.”

Leibham is the heir apparent. However, others may still jump in like State Rep Duey Strobel. But Leibham’s likely entry into the race means there will now be a contest for his state senate seat because Leibham’s term is up this year.

Right now, our friend Kevin Binversie is pointing out to anyone who will listen that if conservatives just waited two years Leibham would have had a shot at the congressional seat without having to give up his own state senate seat. PJ O’Rourke was right when he described Republicans as “decent but dumb.”

All we need now is the national Club for Growth organization to step into this race and really screw it up.

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