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Who Was Leonard Schmitt, The Man Who Ran Against Joseph McCarthy?

In 1952, Leonard Schmitt ran against controversial Senator Joseph McCarthy on the Republican ticket in Wisconsin...and lost. We recently received a WHYsconsin question from a listener who wanted to know more about Schmitt, the attorney who campaigned on a platform of decency. Liz Dohms-Harter brings us the story of a man who rebuked the division and chaos that defined McCarthyism.

This story is part of Wisconsin Life and WPR's WHYsconsin project. What have you always wondered about Wisconsin, its people or its culture that you want WHYsconsin to look into? You ask the questions, and we find the answers!

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