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UPDATE: Grothman aims to be 'more conservative' candidate

UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 4:28 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Glenn Grothman is aiming to position himself as the stronger conservative in Wisconsin's 6th District congressional race.

Grothman faces two other Republicans, state Rep. Duey Stroebel and state Sen. Joe Leibham, in the primary to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Tom Petri.

Leibham announced his candidacy Tuesday.

Grothman says helped with Leibham's previous campaigns and Leibham comes from a "very wonderful, huge family" with 12 siblings.

Grothman says he expects Leibham to be a formidable opponent, but he believes voters will see that he has a "more conservative" record. Grothman is known for his outspoken attacks on affirmative action, welfare benefits, early sex education and abortion.

One Democrat also has declared his candidacy for Petri's seat. Petri announced earlier this month that he would not run for re-election.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 --- 9:49 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Glenn Grothman says he plans to run for Congress, challenging fellow Republican Tom Petri for the seat representing east-central Wisconsin.

Grothman on Thursday called Petri a "very good human being" but says he represents a time when Republicans stood for expanding government.

Petri is a 73-year-old moderate who's held his seat for 35 years. He won most of his elections handily, facing little or no competition from fellow Republicans.

But Grothman says Republicans in Congress have been lacking. He says he's concerned about a culture of dependency in the U.S., and the federal government is overreaching into everything from health care to education.

At least two other Republicans are considering challenging Petri, including state Rep. Duey Stroebel and John Hiller, a close confidante of Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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