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PRESS RELEASE: Duffy to step aside at Ashland County DA

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ASHLAND (PRESS RELEASE)--Wisconsin's 7th District Congressional Candidate Sean Duffy issued the following statement today regarding his decision to step aside as District Attorney and focus on his campaign for Congress:

"It has been a privilege serving the citizens of Ashland County over the past 10 years, first as a special prosecutor, then as their District Attorney. The work of enforcing our law and upholding the Constitution is humbling and I am grateful to the people of Ashland County who entrusted me with this duty. Over the years, countless victims and their families placed their trust and confidence in me during some of the most difficult times in their lives and I will carry their stories, the memories of their loved ones, and our shared pursuit of justice with me always.

"During my tenure, I'm especially proud of the work my office did in conjunction with Ashland's law enforcement agencies to convict child predators. I will also miss the close working relationship I shared with these officers; they are consummate professionals who could always be counted on to go above and beyond the call of duty. The Ashland community is fortunate to have what I believe is the best police force in the state of Wisconsin and we should all be proud of the work they do to keep our community safe.

"Though I will miss working with my staff and our community, I know that as Election Day draws nearer, my schedule will become more strained and the people of Ashland will be better served by a district attorney who will not be distracted by a congressional campaign. Though I am saddened that I will no longer serve as Ashland's District Attorney, I take heart in knowing that the end result of my campaign will hopefully afford me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Ashland County and the entire 7th District in a different capacity at such a critical time for our country.

"Just last week, it was reported the United States government exceeded a national debt of more than $13 trillion. With unemployment in our area still well into double-digits, it is abundantly clear that we need a new direction in Washington and I am dedicated to making that happen. I am eager to meet more people and listen to their concerns about the issues facing their families and our country. I also want to share with voters my vision for America and I believe the best way to do that is to meet them so they take a measure of my qualifications for the job up close and in person."

Duffy will be returning to the family-owned private law practice that he worked at prior to becoming a prosecutor. He will be submitting his formal resignation Friday, June 4th, but will remain in the Ashland D.A office during the next three weeks as the Governor appoints a successor. Duffy will work with Governor Doyle and his successor to ensure a smooth transition.

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