Editor's Note: Hudson Patch asked the chairs of both major parties in St. Croix County to provide a closing argument for each of their candidates involved in contested races on Nov. 6. Writing for the St. Croix County Democratic Party is chairwoman Susan Stori. Writing for the St. Croix County Republican Party is chairman Jesse Garza. Each writer was asked to make the case for their candidate in 300 or fewer words. The incumbent party gets the first word and the challenging party gets the last word.
The Case for Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin has a strong record of taking on the corporate special interests in Washington who have too much power and influence. She stood up to the big insurance companies when she supported the Affordable Care Act and authored a provision to allow children to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.
We know Tammy stood up to Wall Street and big banks against risky practices that led to economic collapse. She was the lead sponsor on the Buffet Rule that would ensure people with over $1 million a year in income pay at least as high a tax rate as middle class families.
Tammy also stood up to China by leading a bipartisan effort to impose strong tariffs on their unfair trade practices that costs us jobs here at home.
Beyond standing up to special interests, Tammy is committed to a "Made in Wisconsin" economy. She cosponsors the "Bring Jobs Home Act," which would give a tax break to business owners who bring an overseas company home to the U.S. It also eliminates a tax break for companies that outsource jobs.
Tammy wants to invest in education, new energy, innovation, and infrastructure, focusing on our roads and bridges. These investments will help build a future with job growth and a strengthened middle class.
Tammy understands small businesses will continue to be the engine that advances our recovery. That’s why she voted to encourage and directly reward new hiring and investment by increasing lending and lowering taxes for small businesses.
Tammy Baldwin has always fought for for the people of Wisconsin; now more than ever she is fighting hard for our middle class. In the Senate, she will continue to stand up for the middle class and work to move Wisconsin forward.
--Susan Stori, chairwoman, St. Croix County Democratic Party
The Case for Tommy Thompson
With a soaring national debt and no federal budget for the last three years, the United States Senate needs more reformers. Wisconsin voters, concerned about our the country’s direction, sent one of the brightest and most successful business men to Washington, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
What Sen. Johnson found startled him and he began his journey of educating the good people of Wisconsin on what kind of fiscal crisis Washington has gotten us into over the last four years. Sen. Johnson found that we cannot tax or borrow our way out of this mess and political courage on the other side of the aisle has been lacking. Sen. Johnson needs an ally in the Senate who will champion for a prosperous America.
Gov. Tommy Thompson has had a career as a reformer. As governor of Wisconsin he was one of the first governors to implement school choice, and he created BadgerCare that provided health care for those struggling the most in Wisconsin.
Small town values are important to Thompson and he keeps concerns of Elroy and Hudson as well as all of Wisconsin forefront while providing quality public and constituent service. Gov. Thompson’s opponent has voted 98 percent of the time with her party, which makes her one of the most liberal representatives in America, reflecting Madison values, but not always the values of the rest of Wisconsin.
The Hudson Star-Observer recently endorsed Thompson saying, "he demonstrated leadership and the ability to compromise." Compromise will be needed to solve some of America’s biggest problems. He has the ability to find friends across the aisle who will work for the betterment of this country and not a party.
We need someone who can help fix some of this country’s most daunting challenges. Vote Tommy Thompson for the U.S. Senate on Nov. 6.
--Jesse Garza, chairman, St. Croix County Republican Party
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