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Tool of the Week: Brad Pfaff, professer of big deeds

It takes a bold man to put himself in the middle of events he has had little or nothing to do with.

State Sen. Brad Pfaff is such a man. He’s the Brian Williams of Wisconsin politics, conflating his record to make him look like the moderate he isn’t.

The Onalaska Democrat announced last week he’s running to represent Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, a seat long held by Pfaff’s old do-nothing boss, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (R-La Crosse). Kind, a Swamp Creature liberal in a congressional district that has shifted from purple to red, is hanging it up after a 26-year record of loyally putting party before his district.

In announcing his campaign, Pfaff, 54, told the La Crosse Tribune two whoppers: That he would bring civility and a bipartisan approach to Washington and that he’s “led” on the key issues in state politics.

This is the same guy who was such a partisan hack as Gov. Tony Evers’ Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary-designee that the Republican-led Senate made him the first member of a governor’s cabinet to be fired since at least 1987.

Pfaff attempted to cram through extreme changes to large farm siting policies that would have hurt Wisconsin farmers, and ag representatives will tell you the ousted cabinet secretary was anything but bipartisan in his political efforts.

After he was sent packing, Pfaff in November 2020 squeaked out a narrow victory in the race to represent Wisconsin Senate District 32, a Democrat-heavy district that has long turned left.

Now the liberal politician thinks he’s ready to represent an increasingly conservative western Wisconsin congressional district. He told the Tribune all about his leadership skills.

“I’ve led. I’ve been at the table, I’ve been part of these conversations. I’ve continued to try and move issues and policies that are important to western Wisconsin forward,” Pfaff said. He pointed to small business assistance, farm and rural issues, broadband, healthcare, and the income tax cut that was included in the state’s budget.

A Capitol insider from western Wisconsin had this to say about Pfaff’s bold but erroneous claims:

“I don’t recall ol’ Brad leading on any of this, let alone the tax cut.”

It’s because ol’ Brad is embellishing his role as a rookie senator who has served his district for nine months. While he did vote for the Republican-constructed $2 billion tax cut in the 2021-23 state budget, he did so because he’s a vulnerable Democrat in a senate district that would have run him out on a rail had he voted with the vast majority of liberals who opposed the tax cut. Perhaps he did so with plans to run for congress in a tax cut-supporting congressional district.

Brad Pfaff is a political conflater, a professer of big deeds he has had little to do with.

He’s also Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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