Thu June 14, 2012
After calling San Francisco radical, Duffy holds fundraiser there
The 7th Congressional district race in northern Wisconsin has gone radical. Or perhaps not. Last month, Republican Congressman Sean Duffy of Weston accused the liberal California-based political action committee CREDO of following him around as he campaigns in his district, calling them “San Francisco radicals.” CREDO President Becky Bond says Duffy is part of their “Take Down the Tea Party 10” campaign. But she says it’s Duffy who’s radical.
“Our members on the ground, in those Congressional districts, they think there’s nothing radical about supporting birth control, Social Security, Medicare, the science behind climate change,” she says. “But apparently these Tea Party Republicans are so radical that they want to oppose these common sense programs.”
The twist is, on Tuesday, Duffy held a $1000/person fundraiser in San Francisco. National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek says there’s nothing ironic about that. “Congressman Duffy doesn’t have a problem going into Nancy Pelosi’s hometown and talking to her constituents about how their plans to destroy jobs, continue ObamaCare, a radical takeover of healthcare,” she says. “Sean and his freshman colleagues have really changed the conversation in Washington.”
Adam Klaus is from Watertown, Wisconsin and works for the CREDO telephone company in San Francisco. He says he doesn’t feel radical. “I would say that’s something I’ve never heard. I mean, like lots of people out here I’m a transplant, and I think my progressive values really come from growing up in Wisconsin.”
Congressman Duffy wasn’t available for an interview for this story. Former State Senator Pat Kreitlow is challenging Duffy for re-election.