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Krupp earns right to face Ryan

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Mike DuPre'
September 10, 2008

Marge Krupp of Pleasant Prairie was confident this morning that she can defeat Rep. Paul Ryan for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District seat.


Krupp won the Democratic Party’s three-way primary election Tuesday.


The former chemical processing engineer now faces a daunting task: defeating Ryan, a five-term Republican incumbent from Janesville with a massive campaign war chest.


Joseph Kexel, a Libertarian from Kenosha, also is running.


Krupp cited factors she thinks will enable a victory over Ryan: a full-time, paid campaign manager; fund-raising ability; a “personal passion for the issues,” and Ryan’s consistent support of President George Bush.


“He votes 94 percent of the time with George Bush,” Krupp said. “Even (Republican presidential candidate John) McCain is distancing himself from Bush.


“Paul Ryan has not. If you want more of the Bush policies, vote for Ryan.”


While Tuesday gave Krupp a win, it also delivered a great personal loss.


Her brother, Steve Kroupa, died in a hospital.


“His last words were, ‘I love you, Marge’ and ‘How am I going to pay for all this?’ So health care, which has always been an important issue, now I have a renewed personal passion for this issue?-and jobs.”


Her brother had been laid off from a department store, she said.


Krupp defeated Mike Hebert, a factory worker making his second run for Congress, and Paulette Garin, a former music teacher.


A fourth Democrat, John Mogk, dropped out of the primary in August.


All four Democrats hail from the eastern end of the widespread 1st District.


Krupp carried the election with 37 percent of the vote districtwide. She received 5,832 votes. Garin was second with 5,015; Hebert had 4,315.


Krupp’s percentages in Rock and Walworth counties were better: 43 percent, 686 votes, in Rock County and 40 percent, 329 votes, in Walworth County.



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