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Third District residents, action groups claim Rep. Van Orden’s votes make him “puppet” of corporations



Two political action groups charge that a La Crosse area Congressman does more to support corporations and the wealthy, instead of the working people in his district.

To drive home their claim that Rep. Derrick Van Orden is controlled by corporate interests, Opportunity Wisconsin and Climate Power unveiled a large puppet likeness of Van Orden at a news conference in Onalaska on Friday.

Opportunity Wisconsin says the Prairie du Chien Republican voted recently for tax breaks that would help corporations, while also voting to cut care for veterans and reduce food assistance programs for senior citizens.

Eau Claire city council member Jeremy Gragert attended the Onalaska event. Gragert says his city has to spend millions of dollars to clean up PFAS contamination in the water, taking money away from other needs such as buying city buses. He wants Congress to provide cities with more funding for mass transit.

The news conference was held at the Coulee Bicycle Company, where owner Robbie Young called on Van Orden and other elected officials to support many modes of transportation, rather than voting to support tax breaks for oil companies.

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. Opportunity Knocks

    May 6, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Dems passed the $500 billion Inflation Reduction (Green Energy) Act which apparently passed over the bike industry with no subsidies or other grift to boost the bike business.

    So now the indignant bike shop owner lends himself as a prop for the Dems political action organizations. Obviously that beg’s the question “will the real puppet please stand up” (and it isn’t Van Orden). And that is the rest of the story.

  2. richard

    May 6, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Speaking of puppets how about Joe Biden the puppet of China, Iran, North Korea, Soros, and obama…which is far worst than anyone.
    .Joe Biden selling out for top dollars

    Fact not opinion

  3. Sheree

    May 7, 2023 at 11:35 am

    An embarrassing spectacle. Apparently, even Brad Pfaff didn’t show up for the photo op.

  4. Walden

    May 7, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    There is some unnecessarily heavy moderation of comments by this website. Are you that afraid of opposing opinions?

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