GOP senator will not seek re-election; won't endorse Marklein

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Retiring Wisconsin state Sen. Dale Schultz is refusing to endorse fellow Republican Howard Marklein in the race for the seat Schultz is leaving.

The conservative Marklein announced in April that he was going to run for the seat that the moderate Schultz has held since 1991. Schultz on Monday said he would not seek re-election, but he declined to endorse Marklein, saying he is "out of step" with the views of constituents in his southwestern Wisconsin district.

Marklein said he was running against Schultz because he voted against a mining bill last year and the Act 10 union law in 2011. But Schultz says his votes represented views of his constituents on those issues.

Marklein praised Schultz on Monday, saying he will be missed by Republicans and Democrats alike.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- One of the most moderate Republicans in the state Legislature will retire rather than take on a more conservative challenger.

State Sen. Dale Schultz tells WISC-TV ( he retire after 31 years in the Legislature rather than seek re-election this fall. He is being challenged by conservative Rep. Howard Marklein, of Spring Green.

Schultz did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

Schultz was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against Gov. Scott Walker's union law known as Act 10. He also went against Walker and Republicans on other issues, including loosening environmental laws to ease the opening of an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

In addition to Marklein, Democrat Ernie Wittwer is also running of the seat.

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