It’s not a big surprise but it’s still a big endorsement as outgoing U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said Wednesday that he would “be proud to pass the baton” to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald as his successor in Congress.
Fitzgerald faces businessman Cliff DeTemple in a Republican primary in the 5th Congressional District on Aug. 11. The winner will advance to the fall general election against Democrat Tom Palzewicz.
Sensenbrenner, first elected to Congress in 1978, said: “The residents of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District have come to expect leadership that reflects strong, conservative ideals. We need someone who can look to the future and stand up against Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda that will cripple our nation.”
Sensenbrenner said Fitzgerald “has a proven record that shows he is right on the issues conservatives care about. His leadership in the Republican State Senate demonstrates he has the toughness and commitment to represent us in Washington. It’s imperative the Fifth District has representation with commonsense values and Scott is eminently qualified.”
Fitzgerald said he was “beyond humbled and deeply grateful” to get Sensenbrenner endorsement and vowed to “carry on” the congressman’s legacy.