Wisconsin Republican Congressman faces no Democratic opposition, but does face an independent

From the Journal Sentinal:

While on top of a house doing roof repairs many years ago, Robert Raymond spotted a child down below walking door to door.

The young boy told Raymond that he was raising money for a church that helped neighborhood children cope with gang violence, unplanned pregnancies and other serious issues.

The brief exchange convinced Raymond that government is not the answer to society’s problems — and that neither major political party is as effective as a simple neighborhood church.

Now, the 54-year-old political independent is making his fourth run for Congress against Republican incumbent Jim Sensenbrenner.

Excessive partisanship, Raymond said, has contributed to a breakdown in political leadership and an inability of either Democrats or Republicans to make significant change.

“That’s why a lot of things don’t get done,” he said. “The one-size-fits-all from Washington does not solve the problems.”

Sensenbrenner, who is seeking his 16th term representing Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District, declined to comment about Raymond’s candidacy.

The incumbent from Menomonee Falls seeks re-election Nov. 4 after defeating fellow Republican Jim Burkee in a Sept. 9 party primary. No Democrat is running.

Sensenbrenner chief of staff Tom Schreibel said the congressman was busy dealing with the national economic crisis and was not interested in addressing Raymond’s issues.

“It just shows how out of touch Mr. Raymond is,” Schreibel said.

Although he has registered with the Federal Election Commission, Raymond has not held any fund-raisers, promoted any public appearances or even campaigned very much.

The Milwaukee native and current Shorewood resident ran his own roofing business for many years before taking a job analyzing evidence for the Bernhoft Law Firm in Milwaukee.

His first foray into politics was a state legislative race in the 1990s when he ran as a member of the Constitution Party. He declared himself an independent when he first registered to run against Sensenbrenner in 2002.

Jim Sensenbrenner

Party: Republican

Age: 65

Address; time in district: N76-W14726 North Pointe Drive, Menomonee Falls; 50 years.

Occupation: Congressman

Elective offices and other governmental experience: Wisconsin Assembly, 1968 to 1975; state Senate, 1975 to 1979; U.S. House, 1979 to present.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, law degree; Stanford University, bachelor’s degree, political science.

Family: Married; two children.

Robert R. Raymond

Party: Independent

Age: 54

Address; time in district: 4102 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood; 54 years.

Occupation: Law firm analyst

Elective offices and other governmental experience: None

Education: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, two years; Hartford Union High School.

Family: Divorced; two children.

6 thoughts on “Wisconsin Republican Congressman faces no Democratic opposition, but does face an independent

  1. Catholic Trotskyist

    Despite its disagreement on the economic issues and the value of the government, the Catholic Trotskyist Party of America has endorsed Robert Raymond. A right-wing independent is better than a Republican.

  2. Melty Rox

    We have none other than Jim Senserbrenner to thank for the Real ID Act. He wrote it.
    It passed the House, but nothing happened from there, so he slipped it into a military spending bill which passed both Houses and the President’s desk.

  3. johncjackson

    Sensenbrenner is too busy fixing a world economic crisis. He has no time for your Real ID Act.

  4. Galileo Galilei

    I was at a picnic a couple years ago, and Sensenbrenner spotted my from across the way. He actually recognized me, called out my name, and came over to chat for a while. I was surprised that he even knew who I was.

    It’s too bad he has sold out. If he wanted to, he could be a powerhouse for liberty.

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