By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch,
SAUKVILLE – On Friday morning, Right Wisconsin reported that Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, 60th District) may be considering a primary challenge for the 6th Congressional District against Congressman Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac).
Collin Roth of Right Wisconsin speculated that Petri’s voting record, financial support from organized labor unions, along with an ethics inquiry are the causes for a potential primary challenge. However, he stressed that Petri’s large cash on hand advantage and an August primary date could make it difficult for a challenger to mount a successful primary bid.
According to Federal Elections Commission records, Petri has $956,975 on hand for all campaign finance activity ending on December 31st, 2013.
Other potential primary challengers include Port Washington Mayor Joe Dean and former Walker Campaign Treasurer John Hiller.
The National Club for Growth, which deals with Republican primary challenges in Congress, was contacted by Wisconsin Election Watch on whether they may influence a potential primary. Spokesman Barney Keller said that because no candidate has declared their intent to challenge Congressman Petri, he has no comment.
Wisconsin Election Watch has contacted Representative Duey Stroebel. He told us that he has been approached by other people (about running) but is considering his options. The Petri Campaign was also contacted but they did not return our request for comment.