Brookfield, WI – The retirement of Congressman James Sensenbrenner has put Wisconsin’s Fifth District back in play for the first time in over 40 years. Democrat Tom Palzewicz will likely be opposed by Republican Scott Fitzgerald in what is a match-up of two clearly distinct approaches to government.
This fall, Fifth District voters will have to make a choice—to continue Donald Trump’s agenda in Washington, or change course with Palzewicz, who supports Joe Biden. November’s election will be about character even more than ideological views.
NBC News reported on seniors who are pulling away from the Republicans. The news story featured Jay Copan, 68, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a white male and registered independent in a swing state. Copan has voted Republican in each of the last nine presidential elections. He is the type of voter that Republicans/Fitzgerald should be able to win — and cannot afford to lose. But Copan says he’ll vote for Joe Biden this fall.
“At the end of the day I want this to be a better country for my grand kids growing up,” said Copan. “And having a president who’s a pathological liar, a sociopath, a narcissist, a misogynist and a bully is not the way I want to leave this country. In spite of my views on the issues, I don’t see any way I could support him to be president for another four years because of how he’s behaved.”
Fitzgerald’s political views are well documented, and he is the most powerful Republican in state government, but he is also a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump and has promised to be right in line with other Republicans in the House of Representatives. He aligns with the same Republicans who defended Trump during the impeachment, not on substance but on procedure.
“If you can’t defend the president’s behavior, blame the Democrats,” said Palzewicz. “Republicans accuse us of being radicals, even though their own actions are in direct opposition to Constitutional guidelines, like the simple step of calling witnesses during the Senate trial. They hide behind the flag and the Constitution, while cutting legislation that denies healthcare to millions, gives tax breaks to the richest people in the country, and in the process, under Trump, have been turning the Unites States into a nation always in crisis.
“Fitzgerald doesn’t concern himself with the needs all of the Fifth District people, his objective is to support Trump. He supports undermining the FBI, the CIA, the media, and tearing down American institutions, like the CDC and the EPA. He will support removing us from the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization during a pandemic. Voters have to make a choice. In this election, character does matter!”