WAUSAU (WAOW)--Republican Candidate Dan Mielke says Obey's retirement is long overdue. "He wanted to get the healthcare bill through and he accomplished that he got the chance to wrap the gavel at the meeting. So he accomplished everything he intended to do. We would have liked him to not accomplish so much. "
The Rudolph Republican says he expected Obey to retire soon. He speculated that Obey's popularity decreased due to his ties with the economic stimulus bill. Mielke says this year would be a tough reelection for the congressman.