Former House Speaker (1995-99) Newt Gingrich flew into Wausau for a Sean Duffy fundraiser this morning. The firebrand Republican told the Associated Press this week during a trip to Iowa that he has “never been this serious” about running for president, so maybe it was a campaign stop for more than just Duffy, but time will tell. As a fan of the game as well as the teams and the players, I have my own loyalties — but thought it was worth stopping by the Wausau Downtown Airport to see him in person.
It follows a visit to Wausau last Friday by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on behalf of Julie Lassa’s campaign for the House from the Democratic side. There is no question that with big national players showing up to stump in July, Wisconsin’s 7th U.S. Congressional District seat is regarded as one of the more important races across the U.S. this fall. It’s already a very big political year in this neck of the woods and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.