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Monday, May 10, 2010

 3:25 PM 

Sources: Lassa getting in 7th CD race

Dem state Sen. Julie Lassa has decided to get in the race for the 7th CD to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, sources tell WisPolitics.

One top Dem source said an announcement was "imminent."

Lassa, 39, was elected to the state Assembly in 1998 and then won a special election in 2003 for her Senate seat, which covers the Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield areas along the southern edge of the 7th CD.

UPDATE: Lassa officially announced late this afternoon, talking up her connections to the district and her work as the chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

“The hard working men and women of our area deserve a representative who will keep fighting to turn our economy around, even when it means standing up to big special interests," Lassa said in a statement.

“I have been a tireless advocate for our small businesses, taxpayers, and children, and in Congress I will follow the same common sense principles to deliver real results for Wisconsin.”

Dem sources this afternoon indicated lawmakers who had looked at the campaign like Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker and Sen. Pat Kreitlow have decided against a run. The state senators and others met with Obey over the weekend as Dems looked for a candidate.

Lassa will not have to give up her Senate seat to run for the 7th CD, unlike Decker and Kreitlow, who face GOP opposition this year.

The NRCC didn't wait for an official announcement to get a shot in on Lassa.

NRCC spokesman Tom Erickson said in a statement that the state has lost 175,000 jobs during Lassa's tenure as chair of the Economic Development Committee.

"America's economy is struggling right now and sending a Madison Democrat like Lassa to Washington will only make things worse for the thousands of northwest Wisconsin families who are already struggling to make ends meet," Erickson said in the statement.

GOP frontrunner Sean Duffy issued a statement welcoming Lassa to the race.


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