I was disappointed to read your June 24 editorial ("So far, Steil not showing substance") about the Congressional 1st District Republican primary. You indicate Bryan Steil has provided little information about his positions. In fact, he has been campaigning diligently and consistently in the district. I personally have attended several events in Walworth County where he has reached out to voters and discussed his positions. In a forum debate in Walworth County, Bryan and the other three invited candidates discussed 12 questions covering a wide range of issues. A forum debate has been previously held between the four candidates as well.
Bryan is running because Washington needs more problem solvers. I am glad that Bryan has not turned to Twitter to explain his positions. I believe it is not the proper venue to present a serious explanation of anything. His prior experience is with solving serious problems in manufacturing and also in higher education, as a member of the UW Board of Regents.
Bryan has the support of Wisconsin conservative leaders, including Congressman Paul Ryan. However, you referred to Ryan, as speaker of the House, struggling with a “confusing political landscape.” Bryan is running for Ryan’s congressional seat, not for speaker of the House. This is a time for voters to consider individual candidates, not to pigeonhole candidates into one camp or another.
I agree with the value of debates between candidates. I would like to suggest that you take the lead in organizing one.