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Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald on Capitol City Sunday this weekend


MADISON (WKOW) -- Assembly Speaker and U.S. Senate Candidate Jeff Fitzgerald is the featured guest on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) didn't face a recall of his own last Tuesday, but he knew the way Governor Scott Walker and his brother, Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), fared in their elections would also be a commentary on him.

"The big win by the Governor and the amount he won by definitely helps me the most out of the four candidates for the US Senate," said Rep. Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald was seen as a long-shot by many to win the Republican primary, since he is facing off against former Gov. Tommy Thompson, former Congressman Mark Neumann and millionaire Eric Hovde.

But that was before he was the top choice among delegates at the Republican state convention last month, getting 51 percent of their votes, just shy of the 60 percent needed for the party's endorsement.

"People looked at what I've been able to do in the last year and a half and that resonates compared with the other candidates that haven't been on the scene in awhile," said Rep. Fitzgerald.

In the second half of the show, liberal State Representative Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) and staunch conservative Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) are on to talk about what impact the recall race will have on the legislature.

The body is now split, with the Democrats taking control of the Senate thanks to John Lehman's recall win over Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) in District 21.

"We're gonna bring a whole bunch of things forward, including the threats to state retirement, privatizing that as part of a Joint Finance agenda to make sure we stop the extreme threats we've seen to Wisconsin families," said Rep. Hulsey.

"These recall elections were kind of round one," said Sen. Grothman.  "And round two will happen in November and I'm confident the Republicans will take control in November."

The duo also discusses the role of Gov. Walker's Department of Natural Resources.

"Putting Cathy Stepp in charge of the Department of Natural Resources is like putting Lindsay Lohan in charge of a rehab center," said Rep. Hulsey.

"In my district, I have received no complaints whatsoever about environmental problems," countered Sen. Grothman.  "I think Governor Walker's DNR is doing a good job."

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27, right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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