Grothman announces run for congress, will challenge Petri

CREATED Apr 3, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 3, 2014

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State Senator Glenn Grothman joined 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes Thursday morning to announce that he will challenge Republican Congressman Tom Petri  - who has been in office since 1979 - in the GOP primary for his seat in Congress.

"I think Congressman Petri has been there for well over 30 years right now, and when I look at all the major problems that are facing the country; in particular cultural dependency, the massive increase in things like disability, food stamps, the huge growth in the federal debt, fighting Obamacare, it just seems to me either Congressman Petri has been part of the problem or hasn't been aggressive enough or articulate enough in fighting the problem," Grothman said. "And quite frankly, even as we try to turn around the state of Wisconsin again and again we see problems on the state of Wisconsin forced upon us by the federal government."

The position would lead the 6th Congressional District; which includes Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Dodge, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette, Columbia, Waushara and Milwaukee counties.

"Like a lot of Americans I am frustrated with what is going on in Washington...,” Grothman said. “In particular I'm frustrated with sometimes the feeling that the republicans are not doing enough or are not articulating enough in expressing our message."

Grothman is currently the assistant majority leader of the Wisconsin State Senate. He has represented the 20th Senate District since 2005 and the 58th Assembly District from 1993 through 2004.

"Having been in the state legislature now for 20 years, so many of the problems I would like to solve at a state level are actually federal problems and the state is stuck administering programs that are the result of the big expansion of the federal government over the last 40 years," Grothman said.

Longtime Republican operative, close friend of Governor Walker and campaign advisor also may decide to run for the seat. In a statement released Thursday, Hiller said:

"Like many Americans, I am concerned about the direction of our Country and what I perceive as a lack of effective leadership in the US Congress. Part of the problem is that we have a ruling class of entrenched career politicians and I believe that it's time for new blood and more strong conservative voices in Congress."

"At the urging of colleagues and concerned citizens, I have been seriously considering a candidacy for Congress. Like any serious endeavor, I am taking time to make a thoughtful decision that considers the impact on my wife and kids. But I will make an informed decision shortly.”

Listen to the audio above for more.