Wis. GOP, Dems already laying 2014 groundwork

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Neither political party is conceding any ground when it comes to preparing for Wisconsin's 2014 elections.

Last week the state Democratic Party said it plans to hire political directors in Eau Claire, Green Bay and La Crosse. Now the Republican Party of Wisconsin says it will open four permanent campaign offices of its own.

The GOP offices will be in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, and Waukesha. Party officials are planning grand-opening celebrations Saturday. The Republican field directors will be responsible for building up county operations, coordinating activists and developing outreach efforts.

Party spokesman Joe Fadness says the goal is to put the GOP in position to win in 2014. That's when elections will be held for governor and all eight congressional seats.


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