MADISON – Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers said this week that he raised more than $ 2.5 million in the first month of the post-primary match-up against the incumbent Gov Scott Walker.
News about fundraising came the same day that Evers' running mate, Mandela Barnes, was criticized for comments about Trump supporters.
During a candidate forum on Wednesday in Milwaukee, Barnes told the audience that the race is based on convincing the Wisconsinites who voted for former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, but did not come to the polls in 2016 to vote for former minister of Foreign Affairs Hillary Clinton, who did not campaign in Wisconsin after the president's presidential election.
"We take our positive message everywhere in this state – not just campaigning in every province, but ensuring that we campaign in every community," said Barnes, referring to areas in Milwaukee where attendance was reduced in 2016.
Barnes said: "It's not about the Obama-Trump voters, but if they vote for Obama, they vote for Trump and if they are still with him, they can – you can keep them."
"What we need to get is the Obama-no show voter," added Barnes. "The people who voted in 2008 or 2012, but did not appear in 2016 and when they say why they did not show in 2016, my answer has always been:" Well, why did the candidate not show up? "I tell you we are now appearing. & # 39;
That drew the rage of the Republicans, who said that Barnes "rejects millions of hard-working Wisconsinites" who voted for Trump in 2016.
"The outrageous comments from the Evers campaign are offensive to millions of hard-working Wisconsinites and speak volumes about its priorities," said Wisconsin Republican party spokesman Alec Zimmerman.
Barnes tweeted Friday: "If we can not get people back who voted for Obama but did not appear in & # 39; 16 we have a real problem."
He later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "As Dems we have to work to make those voters believe in us again."
As far as Evers' fundraising numbers are concerned, campaign manager Maggie Gau said: "Wisconsinites are enthusiastic, committed and ready to vote for a change in November."
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Also this week a conservative group, financed by billionaire Charles Koch, spends $ 1.3 million on a second ad purchase against Evers.
The advertisement touches Evers on its support for considering a higher gas tax, or creating toll roads, to increase the income for roads.
Evers said last month "everything was on the table" to find new income for transport projects.
Meanwhile, the Evers campaign shot back to TV on Friday and other ads criticizing Evers for failing to withdraw the teacher license from a Middleton teacher who looked at school pornographic material at school about ten years ago.
In a new cable television ad from the Evers campaign, the former chairman of the Middleton Cross Plains School Board, Ellen Lindgren, says the Republicans and Walker ads do not accurately reflect the situation.
Lindgren, who was president when the board chose to spend about $ 1 million to try to dismiss the teacher, said the teacher kept his job because of a "legal loophole" and that Evers wanted to change the law in order to prevent the situation from recurring.
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The school district Middleton-Cross Plains in 2014 published a criticism of Evers when he decided not to withdraw the Andrew Harris license.
"The MCPASD Board of Education took a stand against watching pornography at school and asked for a review of this case four years ago, and our state expert clearly does not say that watching pornography at school over a long period of time revoking the license justifies, "the April 2014 Declaration said. "Fortunately, the legislature has clarified this law to ensure that no school district will again deal with a similar case."
Lindgren has contributed $ 1,050 to Evers campaigns since 2016, according to public records.
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