Madison, Wis. ( Associated Press) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday launched his first television ad for his re-election bid, a $3.5 million effort that comes on the heels of other big ads in the gubernatorial race. Symbolizes an increase in activity. buys by Republicans in recent weeks.
Millionaire businessman Tim Mitchell, who joined the race Last week, launched a nearly $1 million television advertising campaign. He has not run for office since a failed US Senate bid in 2004. A super PAC supporting Kevin Nicholson, who ran for the US Senate in 2018 but lost in the Republican primary, ran ads worth nearly $1 million supporting him in April. Another Nicholson group spent about $1 million on ads before they officially became candidates.
Former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Clayfish, who shows up at the polls The GOP frontrunner has run three different TV spots since January, totaling six figures, according to her campaign. Another GOP candidate, State Representative Timothy Ramthun, has run no TV commercials.
The winner of the August 9 primary would go on to face Evers in November.
Evers’ advertising is positive, given the state’s low unemployment rate and a middle class tax cut, which Evers signed off on in the last budget that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The ad says that Evers “worked with Republicans and Democrats” to pass a $2 billion income tax cut, but Evers rarely meets with GOP legislator leaders and has complained about Evers taking credit. For tax cuts written by Republicans. Republican co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee called it “laughable” to take credit for tax cuts when they signed off on the budget last year.
The GOP-controlled legislature proposed in the last budget by Evers slaying more than $1 billion in tax increases that would have primarily fallen on manufacturers and the wealthy.
“We are proud of the governor’s record and will continue to run an aggressive campaign that highlights the results he has delivered and his plan for the future of Wisconsin,” Evers campaign manager Cassie Fenelli said in a statement.
The ad also referred to more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief money provided to the state that Evers directed toward small businesses. The legislature fought with Evers over control of the money, but Evers vetoed bills that gave lawmakers a say in how it was spent.
“Guys, there’s a lot of division in politics today,” Evers said on camera. “That’s why I’m focused on bringing people together to achieve significant results.”
The story has been updated to correct that ads supporting Kevin Nicholson from Super Pac ran in April.