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Shilling keeps an eye on Fitzgerald run for Congress

Brad Williams

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There could be a shakeup in leadership of the Wisconsin Legislature, if one of its top Republicans goes to Washington. 

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced Tuesday that he is running for the 5th District Congressional seat being vacated by Jim Sensenbrenner. 

Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse is the leader of the Senate Democrats, and she says she gets along well with Fitzgerald.

“I’ve enjoyed and appreciated and respected Sen. Fitzgerald in our relationship as the minority leader and the majority leader,” said Shilling. “He has been open and welcoming to me when I started in this position.”

Shilling says Fitzgerald will have to balance a campaign for the House with helping Republicans keep the state Senate. 

And she points out that Fitzgerald will still have his seat in Madison if he’s not elected to Congress. 

Shilling says the announcement did not surprise her, because Fitzgerald has hinted for months that he might run for Congress.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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