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Gallagher to run for 8th CD

Michael Gallagher, a Marine veteran who moved back to Wisconsin to work for Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential bid, announced Sunday he is running for the 8th CD as a Republican.

Gallagher said the country is at a crossroads and is being destroyed by career politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

“I just can’t sit on the sidelines and let that happen,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher, who turns 32 this week, was born in Green Bay and moved to California after his parents divorced. He spent his summers in Green Bay, where his father stayed. After graduating from Princeton, he joined the Marine Corps and spent seven years on active duty.

He worked for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for more than a year and then came back to Wisconsin to work as foreign policy director for Walker’s presidential bid. After Walker dropped out, Gallagher went to work for Breakthrough Fuel, an energy supply company. He also completed his doctorate in international relations at Georgetown.

Gallagher said Washington has lacked the political courage to tackle big problems, saying the nation needs to look at entitlement programs to save money, and called for expanding the nation’s defense. He said the military has been “destroyed by the sequester.”

“We’ve seen the consequences on the world state and the consequences of a president who refuses to lead on the world stage,” he said.

Gallagher joins fellow Republican Frank Lasee, a state senator from DePere, as the only announced candidates so far for the 8th CD. U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, has announced he will not seek re-election this fall.

-- By JR Ross


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