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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Leibham third Republican to announce for open 6th CD

GOP state Sen. Joe Leibham announced today he will run for the 6th CD, saying he was on the "frontline with Gov. Scott Walker" in the effort to reform Wisconsin.

Leibham touted budget surpluses, lower taxes and a better job climate that he said was the result of that work.

Still, he noted Tuesday is "Tax Freedom Day" for Wisconsin, meaning all the income the average state taxpayer has collected since Jan. 1 covers their tax burden.

"Tomorrow you finally get to keep the money you have worked hard to earn instead of sending it to the government," Leibham was to say during his formal announcement at his Sheboygan home, according to prepared remarks released ahead of the news conference. "This in my mind is unacceptable. High taxes stifle job creation and suffocate individual initiative."

Leibham is the third Republican to get into the race for the 6th CD with U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, opting against seeking re-election this fall rather than face a primary challenge. State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, and state Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, have already announced plans to run for the seat.

Leibham, who was first elected to the Assembly in 1998 and the Senate in 2002, sought to play up his conservative credentials in his announcement. Among other things, he bemoaned "unprecedented debt, excessive taxation, burdensome government regulation and intrusion into the lives of free people and free enterprise, the growing entrapment of our fellow citizens into government entitlement, and the corrosion of our moral core."

“Whether it is taxes, regulations, or government intrusions like Obamacare, for the sake of
our nation, Washington needs to be reformed. And I want to lead that reform," Leibham said. "Throughout my life as an Eagle Scout, legislator and dad, I have used my conservative principles and positive personality to bring about much needed change."

-- By JR Ross


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