Outgoing Rep. Ron Kind campaigns with Democrat Brad Pfaff

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The can­di­date for Wis­con­sin’s 3rd Con­gres­sion­al is bring­ing in an old friend dur­ing final cam­paign push.

Out­go­ing 3rd Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ron Kind joined Brad Pfaff at a cam­paign event in La Crosse on Thurs­day.

Kind decid­ed not to seek reelec­tion after more than 20 years in Con­gress.

Pfaf­f’s oppo­nent, Der­rick Van Orden, nar­row­ly lost to Kind two years ago.

Kind says Pfaff is the kind of per­son vot­ers should send to the House.

“We need more Brad Pfaffs in Wash­ing­ton and Madi­son days than what we’re get­ting with these oth­er can­di­dates. And unfor­tu­nate­ly, I think Der­rick Van Orden fits that oth­er cat­e­go­ry,” Kind said. “When I ran against him two years ago, it’s been noth­ing but attack pol­i­tics. He views pol­i­tics as a blood sport.”

Pfaff also took aim at Van Orden for not agree­ing to take part in any debates before the elec­tion.

“Debates are like a job inter­view and Van Orden did­n’t go through the basics of a job inter­view,” Pfaff said.

RELATED: Lack of debate casts shad­ow over Wis­con­sin’s 3rd Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict race

Van Orden pre­vi­ous­ly said he would agree to take part in a town hall forum in lieu of a debate.

Van Orden sent this state­ment to News 8 Now:

“While Brad Pfaff is hold­ing press con­fer­ences with career politi­cians, we go to where the peo­ple are. We’ve put over 180,000 miles on our vehi­cles dur­ing the cam­paign and are doing over 100 stops in the last 20 days of this race. This is what we are hear­ing from our neigh­bors: infla­tion is mak­ing it hard to buy gro­ceries, make rent, and pay their . ’re wor­ried about the fen­tanyl that is com­ing across the open bor­der and their chil­dren. They are wor­ried about the woke agen­da being pushed in schools.

The job I am apply­ing for is Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and that is what I plan on doing if sent to DC: rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of the 3rd.”

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