Brown County is the new ‘Macomb’

Macomb County, Michigan, (north of Detroit) was considered the home of the Reagan Democrats — the blue collar auto workers that voted GOP in the 80s, but returned to Clinton in 90s.

Well, there’s a new place to keep your eyes on: Brown County, Wisconsin. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Dotted with Catholic churches, paper mills and sports bars, working-class Brown County has followed the national tide since voting heavily for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. It embraced Bill Clinton in 1996, but backed George W. Bush in both of his campaigns.

“It’s family, church and the Packers,” said Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt, mentioning the city’s famous football team. “It’s simple, but it works.”

This county swung hard to the right this year, helping Republicans to win the Governor’s office, a U.S. Senate seat and control of both houses of the Legislature. The House seat representing Green Bay also flipped into GOP hands, and the other House seat won by Republicans in Wisconsin was in the neighboring 7th District — won by CatholicVote-endorsed Sean Duffy.

Looks like Green Bay will join Toledo, Ohio, as a TV market that both presidential candidates will saturate in October 2012.

UPDATE: By the way, the 16 counties in northeast Wisconsin that encompass the Diocese of Green Bay are 38.5% Catholic. The national average is 22%.



  • Joshua Mercer

    Brian C, Even though I am a die-hard Vikings fan, I love that story!

  • Brian C

    “It’s family, church and the Packers”

    That reminds me of a funny story I heard the late Jim Valvano (former NC State basketball coach) tell once. It was his first coaching job at Rutgers, and he was researching great coaching speeches to inspire his team. He found where Vince Lombardi once told his team ‘We’ll be succesful here if we all focus on 3 things, your faith, yoru family, and the Green Bay Packers’. So as Valvano’s team gathered for the first practice, he thought in his head ‘faith, family, Rutgers basketball, faith, family, Rutgers basketball…’. When he started to speak, he said: “Gentlemen, we’re going to have a successful season if we all keep our focus on three things…your faith, your family, and the Green Bay Packers!”



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