Incumbent Sean Duffy campaigns for three days in Hudson
Seventh District Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Weston) was campaigning in Hudson Saturday, Sunday and Monday, stopping at several businesses, visiting a Chamber of Commerce meeting, attending the St. Croix Music and Art Fest and St. Patrick Church's Fall Festival.
Duffy is new to the Hudson area because of redistricting after the 2010 census. Hudson was formerly in the third district, represented by Ron Kind (D-La Crosse). Duffy, a Republican, will face Pat Kreitlow, a Democrat from Eau Claire, in the Nov. 6 election.
Duffy was born and raised in Hayward and first gained fame as a nationally recognized professional lumberjack athlete. He is a two-time world champion in the 90-foot speed climb, three-time champion in the 60-foot and an accomplished log-roller. Duffy was the district attorney of Ashland County before being elected to Congress in 2010.
Duffy said he has been working hard across the seventh district, but has focused on St. Croix County recently because it is new to the seventh district.
"I've been going to a lot of festivals, coffee shops and meetings -- shaking hands and listening," Duffy said.
He feels he has accomplished several things during his first term in office.
"I introduced legislation to ban earmarks," he said. "It passed and so we don't see those pork projects anymore."
He said he was involved in freezing federal and congressional pay. He also introduced a bill called the "Restrict Act." Although that bill did not pass, much of the language was used in the eventual passage of the "Stock Act." That act was used to eliminate Congressional insider trading.
"I'm happy with the work I've done to try and balance the budget," Duffy said. "The House has passed balanced budgets, but the Senate has not addressed it because no one on the Democrat side will support it.
"We have to be honest with the American people. The budget needs immediate attention."
Duffy believes there is still time to turn around the county's financial condition.
"There's still time, but we have to act quickly."
He hopes that after the election, people will demand more attention to balancing the budget.
"We have to do what's right, not what's politically savvy."
Duffy is also happy with the part he played in approving the new Stillwater bridge. He said that was an example of what can be done if politicians work together and credited Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
"We all had to work hard to convince the House and Senate that this was an important regional issue."
Duffy was critical of Obamacare, saying the $716 billion being pulled out of Medicare should not happen.
"We need to reform Medicare, but preserve it as is for those over the age of 55," Duffy said. "But, we must make Medicare solvent and it can be done."
He said that by injecting some choice and competition into the equation, the program can be saved. He compared it to Medicare Part D program which has companies competing for the business. He said the cost is 40 percent less than was estimated originally.
"It's time to elect people who are not willing to kick the can down the road," Duffy said.