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Democrat Mary Hoeft Challenges Rep. Sean Duffy On Trump Support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 12 August 2016 12:53

Mary HoeftMADISON - Rep. Sean Duffy, an original #NeverTrump stalwart has since turned into a Donald Trump apologist ever since his Chief of Staff, Vince Trovato, took over the statewide operations for Trump campaign in Wisconsin just under two months ago. In that time, Duffy has defended Trump's most offensive and dangerous comments without batting an eye.

sean_duffyJust last week, in an interview with CNN, Duffy described Trump's feud with the Khan Gold Star family "just words," and this week while speaking to Theo Keith at FOX 6 Milwaukee, Sean Duffy blamed the media for taking Donald Trump's dangerous second amendment comments "out of context" while urging the party's nominee to "stick to the script." 

Democratic candidate Mary Hoeft who challenging Rep. Sean Duffy in the 7th Congressional District knows just how dangerous Donald Trump is for our country and is taking Duffy to task for being a Trump apologist. 

Democrat Mary Hoeft Challenges Rep. Sean Duffy On Trump Support
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Democrat Mary Hoeft will face incumbent Congressman Sean Duffy in northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District race come November, and she plans to make an issue out of Duffy's support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. 

"When he's talking about Trump, he has an excuse for the things Trump is saying, and Trump is saying dangerous things," Hoeft said of Duffy. "So yes, I will make a point throughout this next three months, unless Sean Duffy separates himself from him, which I don't think he's going to do." 

Hoeft, a University of Wisconsin-Barron County communications arts professor, defeated Marathon County Board Supervisor Joel Lewis in Tuesday's Democratic primary. 

Duffy defeated real estate broker Don Raihala in Tuesday’s 7th District Republican primary and has held the position since 2011.

Hoeft said Duffy should renounce his support for Trump following Trump's controversial comments about the Second Amendment and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"When he dares to suggest that people who follow the Second Amendment can do something about Hillary Clinton, you tell me that that's not a veiled threat," Hoeft said. "And Sean Duffy needs to separate himself from this man."

Trump said he was referring to the organizing power of gun rights advocates. 

Hoeft has also challenged Duffy to a series of debates.

Calls to Duffy’s campaign office were not returned by deadline.

Ryan Solen Rejects Endorsement from Neo-Nazi White Supremacist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:03

ryan-solenMOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District Ryan Solen discovered Wednesday that he had received an endorsement from Andrew Anglin of the Internet site The Daily Stormer. To his horror this endorsement came from a known neo-Nazi and white supremacist and a website that espouses nothing but hate.

Ryan Solen soundly rejects this endorsement as it is at complete odds with everything for which he stands. In the 2016 election there has been a tremendous amount of bigotry and repulsive rhetoric coming from candidates who aspire to the highest office in America to a candidate who once ran in the same Congressional election as Ryan Solen.

Ryan Solen has a strong campaign planned to unseat his Republican competitor, Paul Ryan, and he wants votes but he emphatically does not want votes from those who support intolerance towards other people. Ryan Solen wants to win this election and will only do so without compromising his integrity.

It pains Ryan Solen to give this man and his site any additional attention but he will not be linked to this group in any way. The campaign was never contacted about this endorsement and would have quickly turned it down. It was only through social media, where Ryan Solen has a tremendous amount of support in Wisconsin and across the country, that this was uncovered. Additionally, it is claimed that Ryan Solen’s positions reflect that of Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump. This could not be farther from the truth and the writer clearly did not do his research or reach out to Ryan Solen for comment.

Ryan Solen stands for equality and inclusion with all communities except those that seek to deny hard-fought-for American rights or pursue an agenda that claims one group is somehow better than another.

This endorsement was unsolicited and unwanted. Ryan Solen looks forward to the day when he serves in the U.S. House of Representatives and can start working on a stronger future for Wisconsin and America.


Ryan Solen is an Army veteran of the war in Iraq and is seeking to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is a Digital Forensic Specialist and Computer Security Analyst. He is a married father of four and enjoys reading, writing, doing karate with his family, and relieves stress with his vintage Lego collection.

He is the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Paul Ryan. For more information, please visit

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 August 2016 13:33
DPW Chair Martha Laning on the Results of Tuesday's Fall Primaries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:11

martha-laningMADISON - As a former candidate, I know that running for office is not an easy task, but real leaders don't stand on the sidelines, they get involved and work to be the change they wish to see in their communities.

I want thank all of the Democratic candidates who ran for office in yesterday's fall primary elections and extend my congratulations to all those who emerged victorious last night.

As we focus our attention to the general election, we know there are very important races on the ballot that we must win. I look forward to working with all of our candidates to ensure victories in November and deliver the progressive Democratic leadership that hard working families in Wisconsin deserve.

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