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Duffy to resign from Congress; Tiffany 'going to consider' running for seatSubmitted: 08/26/2019
Story By Ben Meyer

Duffy to resign from Congress; Tiffany 'going to consider' running for seat
WASHINGTON, RHINELANDER - In 2010, an election win by Sean Duffy broke Democrats' 41-year hold on northern Wisconsin's seat in Congress.

But Duffy's service will end on Sept. 23.

Duffy announced his resignation from Congress on Monday, saying he needs to support his family and a child with health issues.

Duffy's wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, is pregnant with the couple's ninth child, a girl.

That girl has a heart condition, Duffy wrote in a Facebook post, and he needs to step down to support his family.


"With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now," he wrote.

Duffy, a Republican, won reelection to his fifth term in Congress last November. He first was elected to the body in 2010, state Sen. Julie Lassa in a race to replace longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Obey.

Originally a backer of Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential primaries, Duffy became one of Donald Trump's most outspoken congressional supporters.

In early 2017, Duffy passed on an opportunity to run for U.S. Senate against Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

"I'm only 45," he said at the time. "There will be other opportunities, should I want to take them in the future."

In making that decision, Duffy said he wanted to avoid time away from his wife and eight children.

Earlier this year, his wife Rachel, a Fox News contributor, announced she was pregnant with the couple's ninth child. On Monday, Duffy said the girl has a heart condition.

"It really is shocking," state Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) said of Duffy's resignation.

Tiffany credits Duffy with helping to turn northern Wisconsin Republican red.

Now, Tiffany said he'll think about running to replace him in Congress.

"Certainly, I'm going to consider it. But I'm more focused on, I hope the Duffy family is, I hope they're doing well as they go forward here, and I just wish the best for them," Tiffany said. "The time will come to decide whether to run for the office or not. I'm just more concerned with the health and safety of their family and wishing them the best."

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers now has the power to call a special election for the Congressional seat. State law doesn't give him a clear timeline on how soon he has to do that.

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