Sen. Frank Lasee suspends campaign for U.S. Senate

DE PERE -- Wisconsin State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) announced Sunday he is suspending his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Lasee issued the following statement Sunday:

"After much consideration and prayer with my wife, Amy and I have determined this is not the right time to run for the US Senate.

My campaign has received a lot of support throughout the State and we deeply appreciate all of the volunteers, new and familiar friends who believed in me and our message of a limited constitutional government.

My desire to serve in the US Senate was to lead and help the citizens of Wisconsin and the 1st State Senate district in a greater capacity. I believe in the principles our founding fathers established for our great nation and my desire to make a difference, so my girls and all of our kids can enjoy more opportunities and a better quality of life than we have now.

It is important to send a real conservative to Washington to work for us, someone with the right ideas that will get our country working again. A conservative that understands that we most get the government out of the way, balance our budget without raising taxes and create an energy policy that increases supply and lowers costs.  The current path that President Obama and the Democrats have us on, is not sustainable, it will lead to economic ruin.

I look forward to continuing my service in the State Senate, striving to get Wisconsin working again.

We thank everyone that has helped us and encouraged us along the way."

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Herb Kohl. Those running include Mark Neumann, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (all Republicans), and U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin (Democrat).