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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, talkes to Dave Knoke, third from left, inside Knoke's Chocolates in Hudson late Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 13. The speaker was accompanied by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, right, of Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. Both Congressmen are Republicans. The photo was posted on Facebook.

Speaker of the House pays a visit to Knoke's Chocolates & Nuts

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John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, paid a visit to Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts in Hudson late Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 13.


Boehner, from Ohio, is on a 14-state bus tour while the House is in recess, supporting fellow Republicans up for election on Nov. 4.

The speaker was accompanied by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy and his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy. Duffy, also a Republican, represents Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Hudson.

Dave Knoke, owner of the popular candy store at 220 Locust St., said he received a call from Duffy’s office in advance of the 5:30 p.m. visit, wanting to know if he would be there to meet Boehner.

He said the speaker was down-to-earth and friendly. He asked some questions about the business and told Knoke about his tour to promote change in Washington.

Boehner reportedly said he had been fishing earlier in the day, but didn’t catch anything.

He purchased some chocolates, Knoke said, but Campos-Duffy spent more, buying a number of small boxes of chocolates.

The speaker said they were headed to the St. Croix River for a boat ride.

The local press wasn’t notified of the speaker and the congressman’s visit. The news spread through photos posted on Facebook.

Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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