By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch,
JUNEAU – Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald will not run for Tom Petri’s Congressional seat in the 6th District. The announcement comes after Wisconsin State Journal reported on Tuesday morning of the Senator’s intentions.
In a press release obtained by the newspaper, Fitzgerald said: “While a run for higher office is certainly something that I wouldn’t rule out in the future, I do not feel that the timing is right to run for anything other than the 13th Senate seat. I look forward to returning next session as majority leader.”
Currently, State Senator Glenn Grothman and State Representative Duey Stroebel are the only two Republicans to declare their candidacies for the open Congressional seat. Other Republicans also rumored of running include State Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan), Mayor Joe Dean (R-Port Washington), and former Scott Walker aide John Hiller (R-River Hills). On the Democratic side, Mayor Justin Nickels (D-Manitowoc) and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris (D-Oshkosh) are considering a run for Congress.
The winners of the respective party primaries on August 12th will square off in the general election on November 4th.