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Jon Erpenbach

Communist Madison? City bristles at congressman's remark

A Republican congressman from northern Wisconsin who derided Madison as a communist haven is not backing down from his comments even as those in the capital city that prides itself as being "77 square miles surrounded by reality" take offense.

Rep. Sean Duffy, who lives about 140 miles north in Wausau, called Madison a "communist community" in a recent Fox News interview and blasted the ongoing presidential recount. He alleged that election officials in Dane County, where Madison is located, were purposefully stalling so Wisconsin would miss the Dec. 13 deadline for certifying the vote.

After Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan demanded an apology on...