Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik implored Dem activists to pick a fighter to take on Gov. Scott Walker this fall.

And he became the first guv candidate of the night to get cut off after going past his allotted five minutes.

The party put in place a policy of cutting off the mic at five minutes to keep candidates to their time limit on stage. After trying a second mic to continue speaking, Gronik tried yelling to the audience without the mic saying they need a “fighter to take him on toe to toe” as the announcer introduced the next speaker.

Gronik, who has never run for public office before, asked audience members to hold up their hands if they believe politics as usual is working. He then pivoted to his fellow Dem candidates, saying he’s met a lot of wonderful contenders during the campaign and enjoyed meeting them.

“But the bottom line is Scott Walker has beaten the establishment politician three times in a row,” Gronik said, asking crowd if it was reasonable to expect success by doing the same thing over and over.

“It’s going to take a fighter,” he said.

This post is part of our coverage of the 2018 state Dem convention in Oshkosh. See the rest of our coverage here:

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