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 12 months in the past Kenosha burned whereas Tony Evers failed to guide,” the previous lieutenant governor claimed on the high of her video.
Strolling down a Kenosha, Wisconsin, road 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 a substitute of the individuals of this group.”
Kenosha, a metropolis in southeastern Wisconsin, grabbed nationwide consideration in August of final 12 months after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by police, sparking violent road 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 grew to become 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 battle for you. I’ll stand with legislation enforcement to maintain your loved ones and your neighborhood secure, hiring extra cops and deploying police into excessive crime areas.”
In an unique interview with Fox Information, Kleefisch famous that “I did 50 listening classes throughout the state of Wisconsin this 12 months and what I heard from the exhausting working individuals of this state is that they need safer streets. That’s not excessive. That is common households wanting cheap expectations.”
Kleefisch charged Evers with “weak management” in his dealing with of the COVID disaster, boosting an financial system severely deflated by the coronavirus pandemic, and on “getting children again at school and stopping a 12 months 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.”
In her video, Kleefish additionally criticized the Democratic governor for what she claimed was his “caving to particular pursuits and liberal extremists.” And he or she vowed to “ban sanctuary cities and deploy our nationwide guardsmen to assist safe the southern border and battle to maintain our elections secure and safe so your vote counts.”
Evers, a former faculty trainer 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 & Mates,” 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 stated. “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’ll additionally make our declare by saying vote for us, now we have higher concepts and a way more aspirational imaginative and prescient for this state.”
That’s not a sentiment shared by Wisconsin Democrats.
Final week, after a non-profit advocacy group launched final 12 months by Kleefisch unveiled its conservative coverage agenda for the state, Wisconsin Democratic Occasion 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 below the Walker-Kleefisch administration.”