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Davis formally declares run for lieutenant governor

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Gazette staff
February 23, 2010
— Rep. Brett Davis made his run for lieutenant governor official Monday.

Davis, R-Oregon, is finishing his third term representing the 80th Assembly District. He said he wants to transform the lieutenant governor position into a taxpayer advocate. He said he’ll propose nearly $40 million in government spending cuts his first year in office.


“I’ll transform the lieutenant governor’s office into the leading taxpayer watchdog in the state with the chief mission of routing out waste, fraud and abuse,” Davis in a statement. “Each year I am lieutenant governor I will propose an amount equal to at least 100 times the lieutenant governor’s office budget in wasteful government spending to eliminate. It’s time the taxpayers get a return on their investment for having a lieutenant governor.”


Davis held a press conference at the Capitol before kicking off a six-city tour of the state.


Incumbent Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, a Democrat, has decided not to run for re-election. Three other Republicans besides Davis and four Democrats have filed paperwork to run for the office.


One of the Democratic candidates, Henry Sanders of Waunakee, issued a statement calling Davis’ plans “spin.” He said Wisconsin residents need more than Republicans’ empty rhetoric.


Another Republican candidate, Superior Mayor Dave Ross, issued a press release saying his background contrasts with Davis, and the two offer differing views on how to solve Wisconsin’s problems.



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