Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman will run a primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Tom Petri.
The announcement drew the attention of People For the American Way's Right Wing Watch, the watchdog project that monitors the activity of the right-wing movement. RWW says Grothman, a state senator, has more national name recognition than the average state lawmaker because he has a record of outrageous statements and extremist positions.
Among them, Grothman said women earn less than men because money is more important to men.
He also has said gay people use sex education classes to condition young people and recruit kids into homosexuality.
He also has suggested classifying single parenthood as child abuse and has pushed bills to limit voting opportunities in the state.
Grothman, announcing his candidacy, said he is "concerned about the massive trend towards government dependency. The number of people on FoodShare has gone from seventeen million as recently as 2001 to forty-seven million today. The number of people on disability has risen from five million people to almost nine million people in the last thirteen years, all while job safety has improved greatly.
“This rush towards government reliance has lead to the well-documented destruction of the American nuclear family, which will have severe, negative consequences for the next generation."
He called Petri a "decent, genial person" who "does not have the sense of urgency" needed to return to Washington.
The district includes District includes the counties of Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Dodge, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette, Columbia, Waushara and Milwaukee.