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Gov. Walker won't take sides in Grothmann-Petri Congressional primary

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will not take sides in a U.S. House primary that could offer a Republicans voters a choice between tea party conservatism and a more moderate GOP tradition.

State Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend, one of the Legislature's most outspoken conservatives, says he'll run against 35-year House incumbent Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.

Walker said the only campaign he's focusing on is his own.  

Grothman said Thursday that Petri represents a Republican establishment that has not done enough to slash federal spending. Grothman condemned the size of the national debt, growing numbers of food stamp recipients, and increases in claims for job disability payments.

In various interviews Thursday, Grothman said he would work to end Obamacare and remove what he called a "disincentive to work."

Petri says his record of, "pragmatic conservatism" speaks for itself, and he expects to win his GOP primary on August 12th.  

Grothman predicted that other Wisconsin House Republicans would get behind their colleague -- and both Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy endorsed Petri late Thursday.

Democratic state Assembly leader Peter Barca said the race would be, "a real bellwether to see how far the Republican Party moves to the right."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)