MADISON – It’s the weekend before Wisconsin’s primary, and the candidates for a prized seat in Congress are hardly campaigning in person.
Mark it up as one of the many effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There isn’t much of a campaign calendar,” said Scott Fitzgerald, the majority leader in the state Senate who hopes to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.
He called the campaign bizarre.
“It is so weird — no fairs, no parades, no festivals, no nothing,” he said. “You sit there and struggle to find something to really go to just to hand out lit or koozies or just anything you want to get rid of.”
Fitzgerald said he is focused on sending mail to voters and declined to release his in-person schedule. He said it has consisted recently of attending a car show and a “pints and politics” event.
Fitzgerald faces Cliff DeTemple in Tuesday’s Republican primary. DeTemple has three public events on Saturday, including a “Second Amendment rally” at House of Heileman’s in West Bend.
The winner of the primary will face Democrat Tom Palzewicz in November.
Palzewicz is not making any in-person appearances because of the pandemic. He has been hosting virtual town halls on Thursdays.
Palzewicz contrasted how he is running his campaign with how Fitzgerald is.
“For my campaign, all of the events that we do, we publicize so that people know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” he said in a statement.
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