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Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov Kleefisch launches GOP problem in opposition to Democratic Gov. Evers

EXCLUSIVE – Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Thursday formally introduced her 2022 marketing campaign for governor, launching a Republican problem in opposition to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

In a video announcement shared first nationally with Fox Information, Kleefisch charged that “Tony Evers’ whole time period has been marked by failure and weak spot.” 

“One yr in the past Kenosha burned whereas Tony Evers failed to guide,” the previous lieutenant governor claimed on the high of her video.

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Strolling down a Kenosha, Wisconsin, avenue the place some companies stay boarded up, Kleefisch argued that “lives had been misplaced and small companies had been burned as a result of our governor sided with rioters as an alternative of the folks of this neighborhood.”

Kenosha, a metropolis in southeastern Wisconsin, grabbed nationwide consideration in August of final yr after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by police, sparking violent avenue protests together with the looting of shops and the burning of buildings. Within the following weeks, each then-President Trump and now-President Biden made separate marketing campaign stops in Kenosha, which turned a flashpoint throughout a spring and summer time rocked by protests and violence from coast to coast over police brutality in opposition to minorities and the nation’s historical past of racial inequity.

Kleefisch, who served eight years as Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor in former GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, vowed that “as governor I’ll struggle for you. I’ll stand with regulation enforcement to maintain your loved ones and your neighborhood secure, hiring extra cops and deploying police into excessive crime areas.”

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In an unique interview with Fox Information, Kleefisch famous that “I did 50 listening periods throughout the state of Wisconsin this yr and what I heard from the arduous working folks of this state is that they need safer streets….That is common households wanting cheap expectations.”

Kleefisch charged Evers with “weak management” in his dealing with of the COVID disaster, boosting an economic system severely deflated by the coronavirus pandemic, and on “getting youngsters again in class and stopping a yr and a half of studying loss.”

“That is going to be a theme,” she emphasised. “Tony Evers is a weak chief and Wisconsin deserves higher.”

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers awaits to address the virtual Democratic National Convention, at the Wisconsin Center on August 19, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Melina Mara - Pool/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers awaits to handle the digital Democratic Nationwide Conference, on the Wisconsin Middle on August 19, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photograph by Melina Mara – Pool/Getty Photographs) (Melina Mara – Pool/Getty Photographs)

In her video, Kleefish additionally criticized the Democratic governor for what she claimed was his “caving to particular pursuits and liberal extremists.” And she or he vowed to “ban sanctuary cities and deploy our nationwide guardsmen to assist safe the southern border and struggle to maintain our elections secure and safe so you understand your vote counts.”

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Evers, a former faculty instructor and administrator who gained election for 3 phrases as Wisconsin’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, narrowly defeated Walker in 2018 because the Republican incumbent ran for reelection to a 3rd straight time period as governor.

The marketing campaign launch by Kleefisch, a former reporter and TV anchor who was a primary time politician when she efficiently ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, was no shock in Wisconsin. Final week she filed paperwork to run for governor with the state’s Ethics Fee and earlier this week despatched a discover to supporters that she’d be making a “particular announcement.”

After a Thursday morning nationwide interview on Fox Information’ “Fox & Associates,” Kleefisch was set to carry a kick-off occasion in Waukesha County, adopted by a statewide marketing campaign swing over the approaching days.

“We’re actually leaving no stone unturned,” she mentioned. “I wish to hunt down each coronary heart and each thoughts as a result of I don’t assume it’s going to be sufficient to easily say vote in opposition to Tony Evers, he failed, regardless that he has. I believe that we are going to additionally make our declare by saying vote for us, we’ve higher concepts and a way more aspirational imaginative and prescient for this state.”

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That’s not a sentiment shared by Wisconsin Democrats.

Final week, after a non-profit advocacy group launched final yr by Kleefisch unveiled its conservative coverage agenda for the state, Wisconsin Democratic Get together chair Ben Wikler argued that “radical Rebecca Kleefisch’s self-described coverage ‘manifesto’ doubles down on the disastrous far-right agenda that deeply damage Wisconsinites underneath the Walker-Kleefisch administration.”

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