Surprise retirement of GOP congressman sparks competition for Wisconsin seat

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The astonishment status of a GOP congressman successful a solidly Republican Wisconsin legislature district has imaginable candidates weighing a run, moreover arsenic a erstwhile authorities lawmaker quickly jumped into nan race.

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher announced Saturday that he won’t tally for a 5th word representing nan 8th Congressional District successful northeast Wisconsin. The abrupt move came conscionable days aft he angered his chap Republicans by refusing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Just hours aft Gallagher announced his retirement, erstwhile authorities Sen. Roger Roth, of Appleton, announced his candidacy Saturday and endorsed Trump astatine nan aforesaid time, thing he did not do successful his 2022 tally for lieutenant governor.


The territory Gallagher represents is firmly Republican. Seen arsenic a rising prima successful nan Republican Party, nan 39-year-old Gallagher sometimes recovered himself astatine likelihood some pinch erstwhile President Donald Trump and his supporters, astir precocious complete nan Mayorkas vote.

Trump won nan territory by 16 points successful 2020, moreover though he mislaid nan authorities by little than a constituent to President Joe Biden. Gallagher won reelection 3 times by nary less than 25 points. The territory includes nan cities of Appleton and Green Bay, Door County and covers mostly agrarian areas northbound done Marinette.

Roth served successful nan Legislature from 2007 to 2023 and was nan Republican nominee for lieutenant politician successful 2022. He ran for Congress successful 2010 but mislaid successful nan superior to eventual victor Reid Ribble.

Roth, successful a connection Saturday, sounded himself a "proven blimpish fighter" while calling for strengthening nan border, nationalist security, nan system and "our accepted values."

While Roth was nan first campaigner to get in, he almost surely won't beryllium nan last.

Trump state and Republican advisor Alex Bruesewitz, who had said Gallagher "betrayed nan Republican Party and nan American group pinch his ballot to broadside pinch Mayorkas," is considering a run. He posted connected X, formerly Twitter, a missive of support from nan chair of nan Oconto County Republican Party and said that he looked guardant to "spreading nan MAGA connection to nan patriots successful nan Oconto GOP."

Bruesewitz instantly won nan support of erstwhile Trump run advisor Roger Stone, who posted connected societal media that Bruesewitz "would person nan afloat support of nan MAGA movement."

Bruesewitz, 26, was calved successful Wisconsin but presently lives successful Florida. He would person to move backmost to Wisconsin to tally for nan seat.

State Sen. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, besides said he was considering running. Other existent and erstwhile Republican members of nan Legislature are expected to see running.

Democrat Kristin Lyerly, a De Pere doctor, antecedently said she was considering a tally against Gallagher. Democrats fielded nary campaigner successful nan 2022 election.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party said successful a connection Saturday that it looked guardant "to competing successful nan 8th and bringing immoderate stableness and competence backmost to nan House."


Candidates person until June 1 to taxable information papers for nan Aug. 13 primary.

The unfastened spot will surely substance a competitory Republican primary, but nan statesmanlike title and not 1 for nan legislature spot will thrust turnout successful November, said longtime blimpish strategist Mark Graul who lives successful nan district. He didn't expect nan title to greatly effect nan statesmanlike race.

The title could beryllium shaken up dramatically if nan Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to perceive a redistricting suit challenging legislature bound lines. said Barry Burden, a University of Wisconsin governmental subject professor. The tribunal has not said whether it will perceive nan challenge.

The authorities elections committee said successful a legislative redistricting lawsuit that immoderate caller lines must beryllium group by March 15 successful bid for deadlines to beryllium met for candidates moving this November.