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Pfaff campaign ad about Capitol riot calls Van Orden “insurrectionist”



One Democratic candidate for Congress in the 3rd District is calling a Republican opponent an “insurrectionist,” leading up to the anniversary of last January’s Capitol riot.

Van Orden

State Sen. Brad Pfaff charges that opponent Derrick Van Orden was at the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6, during the demonstrations that were intended to stop Joe Biden from being certified as president-elect. 

Van Orden was in Washington D.C., that day but has said he did not enter the Capitol.

“Why were you there?” is one of the questions Pfaff has for Van Orden.

Also, “what did you do when you were there, why did you participate in this to begin with, and if you did leave, when did you decide to leave, what made you decide to leave, after you already were there?”

Pfaff says Van Orden has confirmed that his travel to Washington was paid for by funds from his 2020 campaign against Congressman Ron Kind, who is retiring after 13 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I do not believe that someone that was on the Capitol grounds on January 6th should be sworn in as a member of Congress and representing this area,” Pfaff told WIZM.

Pfaff wants more details about how Van Orden’s visit was paid for, since campaign records show some funding came from the money raised for Van Orden’s 2020 campaign.


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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  1. Nick Berry

    January 6, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Brad Off is a Ron Kind stooge and Kind has sold Wisconsin down the river.
    I do not like Van Orden either so hope someone else wins the Democratic primary.

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