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GOP leader McCarthy campaigns for Van Orden in La Crosse area farm country

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The policies promoted by Democrats running Washington are not good for farm families in Wisconsin, according to Republicans on a Wisconsin tour Monday.

U.S. House minority leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy said that’s what he heard from La Crosse area farmers during a visit to the county. Along with 3rd Congressional District candidate Derrick Van Orden, McCarthy said he spoke to families operating small farms.

“In Wisconsin, more than 90 percent of all the dairy farms are small farms,” McCarthy, who serves a farming area near Los Angeles in Congress, said. “They’re all family-owned, and this is what they’ve been doing generation after generation.

“But what happens when you raise the fertilizer price, when you raise the feed price, when you put more regulations upon them, when you raise the energy cost? It’s very difficult for them to survive.”

McCarthy put the blame on policies pursued by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for hurting those farmers.

Van Orden, the only Republican running along with four Democrats to succeed Rep. Ron Kind, also criticized “radical” Democratic policies, while visiting the Morning Star Dairy at Brice Prairie.

Van Orden accused Biden of wanting to revive the estate tax, also known as the “death tax, “which, mark my words, will be the death of the family farm. So in order to pass on your farm to the next generation, it has to maintain its economic viability. And when you make someone pay 30 percent tax on something they worked on their whole life, the next generation simply can’t afford it.”

McCarthy endorsed Van Orden for the 3rd District seat months ago, saying the former Navy SEAL still has “one more fight in him” — to go to 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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