Today, Rep. Petri noted that he won't endorse State Sen. Glenn Grothamn, the Republican, who is running to take his place.
From the FDL Reporter, a quote from the Representative:
"Why would I endorse a person who has said that if in two years people said he was 'just like Petri' he would be insulted?" Petri said. "I don't want to smother him with love or anything like that."Later, I think we can read some tea-leaves with respect to how Winnebago Co. Exec. Mark Harris wants to debate in all counties of the 6th CD:
As for Grothman's comments, Petri falls back on his old habit of turning the other cheek.
"Grothman said if the GOP turns down the path Petri did, he will go against it," Petri said. "I always feel you want to reach out and work with people — that has been my approach to both parties."
'Fine job' by Harris
He said Harris has done "a fine job" as county executive.
To his long-time constituents, Petri suggests the best way to get a sense of each candidate is to view them in person at political debates.
"We have a tradition of having debates in each of the counties in the district and this is healthy and helpful," he said. "Rather than looking at ads and reading second-hand accounts, go see for yourself and ask candidates questions in a forum setting, in real time."