Trump pushing ex-Rep. Duffy to run for Wisconsin governor

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Former President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he was trying to persuade former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) to enter Wisconsin’s 2022 gubernatorial race.

© Greg Nash Trump pushing ex-Rep. Duffy to run for Wisconsin governor

“Working hard to get very popular and capable Former Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin to run for Governor. He would be fantastic!” Trump said in a statement issued through his Save America PAC.

Duffy, 50, served four terms in the House before deciding to resign in 2019 and not run for reelection to a fifth term in 2020.

While in Congress, he was a frequent presence on cable news. His wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, is also a well-known conservative voice on cable who is a contributor to Fox News. Both initially made national names on MTV’s “Real World.”

Both have spoken up for Trump in the past, and Trump was ebullient in singing their praises in his missive to supporters and the media.

“A champion athlete, Sean loves the people of Wisconsin, and would be virtually unbeatable. His wife, Rachel, is likewise an incredible person. They are both doing very well, so this would be a big sacrifice, but hopefully it will be a sacrifice that will be made for the Great State of Wisconsin and its wonderful, hardworking people. Run Sean, Run! (A little spin-off on the great Herschel Walker),” Trump added, referring to the former football star that he endorsed early last month for Georgia’s Senate race.

When Duffy resigned, he explained that he was stepping down after learning that his ninth child had a heart condition. Previously, he served for eight years as a district attorney, and he also won the speed-climbing competition in the Lumberjack World Championships twice, according to CNN.

Among the Republicans already running in the governor’s race are former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who announced her bid last month. She had served as state lieutenant governor under former Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) from 2011-2019.

If Duffy enters the race, Trump’s endorsement for Duffy could be an important boost given that the Evers narrowly won the 2018 gubernatorial race by a margin of one point. As of early October, Cook Political Reports rated the Wisconsin gubernatorial race as “lean Democrat.”

Trump won Wisconsin in the 2016 presidential race before losing it in 2020.

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