State Sen. Tom Tiffany

State Sen. Tom Tiffany

Another day, another set of candidate announcements in Wisconsin's open Congressional races. 

State Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, on Tuesday became the first Republican to formally enter the race for the state's 7th Congressional District. 

Tiffany told a crowd in Cadott, Wisconsin that he "drained the swamp in Madison," and that he "will do the same in Washington D.C."

Tiffany is the first Republican, but likely not the last to run for Congressman Sean Duffy's to-be open seat. Duffy will leave Congress in a few weeks to spend more time with his child who will have some health issues.  

There is no word yet when the special election to replace Duffy will occur.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party on Wednesday said it cannot wait for Tiffany to run. 

“It’s a sad day for the Republican Party when they rally around a candidate as unelectable as someone known as ‘Toxic Tom Tiffany,'” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair  Ben Wikler said. 

While Tiffany jumped into a race for Congress, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow bowed out of another. 

Farrow on Wednesday said he will not run for the state's 5th District. 

“After much consideration, and following many discussions with my family, friends, and supporters, I have decided not to run for the 5th Congressional district seat being vacated by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner," Farrow said in a statement. "I cannot serve in Washington, D.C. when the issues I am most passionate about hit much closer to home. I truly value the opportunity to lead as Waukesha County Executive, and remain passionate about service to my home county and our great state.”

Farrow was considered one of the biggest Republicans names who could possibly jump into the race to replace Sensenbrenner. 

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.