(Oshkosh, WI) – Congressional candidate Joe Leibham said on Charlie Sykes’ radio program yesterday afternoon that he would support federal education initiatives like the failed Head Start program, a stark reversal of his statement issued just last month where he claimed that “education decisions should be made at the local and state level” and that he will fight further “intrusion” by the federal government into education.
“As my opponent struggles to make up his mind on what he believes the role of the federal government should be in education, my record is proven and clear: I strongly oppose all federal involvement in education and have for over a decade when I was outspoken against President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law as federal overreach in 2001,” said state Sen. Glenn Grothman, Republican candidate for Congress.
When asked by Sykes what would be a single issue he would vote differently than his opponents, Leibham specifically brought up early education programs as an example of an issue he differed from Grothman (R – Campbellsport).
“Why yes, Joe, I apparently do differ greatly from you on this issue,” said Grothman. “A simple Google search shows what an utter failure the federal early education programs have been. A study by the Obama Administration showed that the $7 billion that the federal government spends on Head Start is almost completely wasted.”
“When I get to Congress, conservatives can count on me to fight not only the federal government’s vast overreach into education but also the blatant waste of taxpayers’ dollars,” added Grothman.
Grothman is a Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. He currently represents the 20th Senate District in the Wisconsin State Senate. The 6th Congressional District includes the counties of Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Dodge, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette, Columbia, Waushara, and Milwaukee. Click here to view a map of the 6th Congressional District.