WAUSAU(WAOW)--Duffy says change is in the future, even though he won't take office for another two months he says he plans to hit the ground running.
Change is in store for the 7th congressional district, Congressman-elect Sean Duffy will take office January 3rd replacing retiring Congressman Dave Obey. This is the first time a Republican will hold the seat in more than 40 years.
"I'm humbled and honored to receive the votes to be the next Congressman in Wisconsin's 7th. I don't think it's fully sunk in yet," said Duffy.
Duffy made promises throughout his campaign to create jobs and balance the budget. Duffy says he plans to keep his word when he gets to Washington but it will take time.
Duffy says, "We can't continue with a $1.3 trillion annual deficit, it just doesn't work. We have to start pushing this thing back but that's going to be pretty hard. I don't think it's going to happen. But three or four years down the road, yeah. But we have to put down the shovel and stop digging and go in the right direction."
Meanwhile Democratic candidate Julie Lassa was not available to the media but in a statement she says "I congratulate Mr. Duffy and will work with him to create good-paying, family supporting jobs to drive Wisconsin forward." Tuesday night Lassa thanked supporters in Stevens Point
"Just wanted to come down and tell you all thank you for all your efforts, the thousands of telephone calls you all made, the thousands of doors that you all did, and just getting out and working, and all of your support. It's been tremendous," said Lassa.
Duffy says it's been a long road for both parties but real change will happen when both parties embrace compromise. "There's a competition of ideas the best ideas rise to the top and I think we have the right ideas right now. But the bottom line is we have to work together. You cant just say it's my way or the highway. If you do that you will go no where," said Duffy.