GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is drawing on his experience leading the fight to pass Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining changes as he tries to win over Republicans to his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Fitzgerald spoke Saturday at the state Republican Party convention.
He says he's a proven conservative because he led passage of Walker's bill that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most state workers and spurred the effort to recall Walker.
He describes himself as an Irish guy who likes a good fight. He says all four candidates share similar views on the issues, but he's battle tested because of death threats he endured last year and people protesting on his lawn.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, businessman Eric Hovde and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann are also running.
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