G.O.P. Candidates Running for Congress

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Wisconsin State Sen. Dale Schultz has ended months of speculation by formally announcing his candidacy for Congress in the 3rd District. The Richland County Republican says Democratic incumbent Ron Kind is on the wrong side of issues that affect people in western Wisconsin.

Schultz announced his campaign in Hudson, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Lancaster and Richland Center.

Schultz says the race will be competitive because Wisconsin itself will be a swing state in the presidential campaign, and he expects President Bush to target this area of the country in his bid for re-election.

Kind, who is seeking his 5th term, says he looks forward to a spirited debate on the issues including job creation, education, health care and economic security.

Meanwhile, Bloomer businessman Joe Rothbauer says he wants to challenge 7th District Democrat Dave Obey in November. Obey has represented the area for 35 years and is the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee. Rothbauer gained just 36 percent of the vote in 2002 but says he will alter his campaign to incorporate the lessons he learned in that defeat.

Both Schultz and Rothbauer say that Kind and Obey have done a poor job of securing federal funds for their districts compared to what the state sends to Washington in tax money.