Wisconsin: Obey Retiring, GOP Pick-Up Opportunity Strengthens

Rep. David Obey (WI-07), the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, will not seek re-election, AP is reporting.

Obey was first elected in a 1969 special election to replace President Nixon’s pick for Secretary of Defense, and has generally voted a liberal line since then (he’s also generally been elected with about 60-65% of the vote, with dips in 1994 and 1996). This year he faced an unusually strong challenge from Sean Duffy, a young district attorney from Ashland County and former Real World Boston contestant (he is married to fellow Real World alum Rachel, from the season where Puck made Pedro’s life miserable).

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