Fitzgerald wants to avoid crowded Senate primary

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the GOP must avoid a crowded primary in next year’s race against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Fitzgerald is considering running along with a number of other Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, of Wausau.

Fitzgerald said Thursday that he’s deferring to Duffy before deciding on whether to get in. He says Duffy is “kind of driving the train right now” and well-positioned for a state run.

Fitzgerald says Republicans must avoid a crowded primary that drains resources from candidates. He says that “would be foolish for all of us and makes no sense.”

Fitzgerald says “we just don’t need a bunch of tier one candidates knocking heads for a year before we find out what we’re doing.”