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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

 9:36 PM 

Nelson slams Gallagher for backing ‘bad trade agreements’

Outagamie County Exec. Tom Nelson is slamming Mike Gallagher, who’s projected to be the 8th CD Republican nominee, for supporting trade deals that have led to job losses in the district.

Nelson, who was unopposed in his Dem primary for the seat, released a statement on the race shortly after The Associated Press called the GOP primary for Gallagher, a former Marine and Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer.

Nelson said Gallagher worked for the “politicians who supported these bad deals” that have affected the manufacturing-heavy district. He said Gallagher would “stand with the multi-national corporations and special interests” that back such deals.

“While his TV ads may claim he’s ‘one of us,’ his position on trade makes it clear he’s not,” Nelson said.

Gallagher, meanwhile, picked up an endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, who said the 32-year-old is “part of the next generation of conservative leaders.”

“Mike’s knowledge and experience on national security issues will allow him to be a critical voice in the next Congress starting on his first day in office,” Ryan said. “Mike will help us advance solutions to the challenges we face and work tirelessly on behalf of all Wisconsinites -- that is why I am committed to doing all I can to help him win in November.”

Gov. Scott Walker also tweeted: "Congratulations to @MikeforWI, a proven conservative leader with the vision needed to move our country forward. #WI08"

And the state GOP slammed Nelson’s six years in the state Assembly, saying he “cozied up to the Democratic Party bosses by putting politics ahead of people.”

“In Madison, Nelson supported crushing tax increases all while wrecking the state’s budget for years to come,” WisGOP Executive Director Mike Duffey said. “If elected to Congress, he will be nothing more than a rubber stamp for Washington Democrats and will always look to put their priorities ahead of the voters in Northeastern Wisconsin.”

-- By Polo Rocha


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