WISCONSINREPORT.COM (10/21/2010) - Both of the candidates hoping to replace retiring Wisconsin 7th District Representative Dave Obey in the U.S. House are claiming debate victory following the event held last night (Weds., Oct. 20, 2010) in Rice Lake, WI. The campaign manager for Republican Sean Duffy says Duffy is the better choice, but the camp for Democrat Julie Lassa says Duffy erroneously insists Wisconsin workers are not affected by outsourcing to China.
Duffy Campaign Manager Matt Seaholm claims Republican Sean Duffy again was victorious in the second debate in the race for the 7th Congressional District seat.
"In tonight's Congressional debate at UW-Barron County, Sean Duffy again showed why he is the better choice to represent the 7th District in Washington," Seaholm said.
Seaholm said Duffy effectively laid out his vision for America, which Seaholm says is in stark contrast to Senator Julie Lassa's record.
"His plans to create an environment where families can thrive and jobs are created are the only solutions being offered in this race," according to Duffy's campaign manager.
The Julie Lassa campaign for Dave Obey's seat in the U.S. Congress believes Julie Lassa marked another clear victory in the debate against Republican opponent Sean Duffy by showing voters exactly whose side each candidate is on.
Lassa cited her roots growing up and working hard on a small dairy farm as the driving force behind her campaign to clean up Washington and fight for the Wisconsin values she shares with middle class families.
"Wisconsin families work hard, play by the rules, and deserve to be put first in Washington," candidate Lassa said.
"Iím running to end failed policies that ship our good-paying jobs to China and create jobs right here where they belong," Julie Lassa continued.
"Those are the middle class values I share with families across this district and what I will fight for in Washington," Lassa said.
Democrat Julie Lassa has governmental experience as an elected official in both the Wisconsin Assembly and Wisconsin Senate, while Republican Sean Duffy has been a District Attorney in Ashland County, Wisconsin.
The Duffy campaign is claiming that Lassa attempted to run from her record in Madison during the debate and distance herself from what the Duffy campaign calls "her allies in Washington". The Duffy people say Julie Lassa "is sounding more like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi every day".
"Senator Lassa has been in Madison for 12 years raising taxes, increasing spending, and racking up debt," Duffy Campaign Manager Matt Seaholm says.
"She can't run for Congress on her Madison record, so she has been running negative attack ads since August to distract voters from her real positions. It's time for a new direction and Sean Duffy offers a checks and balance to Nancy Pelosi," Seaholm suggests.
The Julie Lassa campaign is saying Sean Duffy, stuck to his claim that Wisconsin isnít losing jobs to other countries, merely other states. They suggest that Duffyís perception is out of line with the reality gripping Wisconsin workers and their families who saw hundreds of jobs go to Mexico when the Polaris plant relocated from its original site just over an hour away from where tonightís debate was held.
More than 52,000 Wisconsin jobs have been lost due to our nationís trade deficit with China and thousands more lost to countries like Mexico and India due to failed trade practices that Duffy supports. In addition, studies show that states like Ohio and Minnesota that Duffy references actually have worse tax climates than Wisconsin.
A Lassa spokesperson said after the debate in Barron County between Julie Lassa and Sean Duffy, "with eight outside special interest groups that profit from the failed trade policies Duffy supports spending more than $1.2 million on behalf of Duffy, it became clear whose interests Duffy will fight for in Washington."
The candidates' next debate is at Chippewa Falls Senior High School on Monday evening at 7 p.m.
WisconsinReport.com has not been able to locate an online video of the UW-Barron County debate between Lassa and Duffy from Oct. 20, 2010, but, we have found a video of the debate held in Wausau, which was broadcast Sunday, October 17, 2010. Here's a link to that video in the C-Span archives:
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