Nass wins in landslide over Peterson
Steve Nass talks with WCLO's Stan Stricker
Rep. Steve Nass’ primary election victory was never much in doubt. Not even by his opponent.
The longstanding representative from the 31st Assembly District won in a landslide decision Tuesday over Republican challenger Craig Peterson. He’ll face Libertarian Leroy Watson in November’s general election.
“I did speak to (Peterson) a bit ago, and he recognized that the outcome would probably be as it is,” Nass said. “It was generous of him, and we agree on so many things.”
Peterson, a Jefferson County Board supervisor, said earlier this month he didn’t expect his bid to replace Nass to be a successful one. He only wanted to keep Nass on his toes.
Nass has served in the state Assembly since 1990. He said voters should support him because he’s not afraid to “lock horns” with legislators on both sides of the aisle and expose reckless spending.
Job creation is atop Nass’ list of priorities if he’s elected to another term, he said. He also is an opponent of the high-speed rail between Madison in Milwaukee, which he believes will hit taxpayers in the wallet.
“Basically, I think taxpayers have recognized that I have long fought against the excessive spending and overregulation that’s killing businesses in Wisconsin,” Nass said. “I’m not afraid to take on Democrats or Republicans. It doesn’t matter. What’s right is right, and what’s wrong is wrong, and I call it like I see it. If my own party doesn’t like it, that’s just too bad.”
Nass said he’s already begun drafting a list of legislation and government spending he believes needs to be reviewed before next year’s budget.
Watson, 71, of Oconomowoc is a former sergeant first-class with the U.S. Army and expediter with the U.S. Postal Service. He ran in the 31st Assembly District race in 2002 and the 38th District race in 2000.
“I’m certainly not going to take anything for granted,” Nass said. “I’ll be out campaigning and speaking with constituents.”