Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy was happy to pose with this constituent who was openly carrying at the Rusk County Republican dinner in Ladysmith. Sean told the Badger State resident he felt safer when he had people openly carrying guns around him, because he knew he could trust them.
Ladysmith is close to where I was born and raised in northern Wisconsin. The Duffy boys went to school in the same high school I did in Hayward. Sean’s father and I went to high school together.
It didn’t surprise me when Sean was elected to fill the seat of the former representative Dave Obey. Obey was a Democrat who ran as a “moderate” and voted far left on everything he thought he could get away with. With the franking privilege and the lack of alternative media back then, that was quite a lot. It’s still difficult to hear a conservative on the media in much of the sparsely populated area. The media is dominated by “progressives,” but the culture is quite conservative.
Duffy fits the cultural set of northern Wisconsin much better than Obey ever did and he’s considered a rising star in the House. Duffy has an “A” rating from the NRA. According to votesmart.org his opponent, Democrat Mary Hoeft, has this position on gun control:
Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
I support background checks at gun shows and private sales. I support banning those whose names are on terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns.
I wonder if Hoeft would pose for a photograph with an openly carrying constituent. Or not.
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