U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, says he’s in a tough race in the 6th Congressional District “because of the money” and expects to be outspent in the campaign.
Grothman will face Dem Dan Kohl, of Mequon, on the Nov. 6 ballot. Kohl is a nephew of wealthy former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl.
Grothman told “UpFront” host Mike Gousha that until recently, he was being outspent 4-to-1 on television.
“He has spent eight years in Washington getting to know the hyper wealthy, hyper liberals, New York, Florida, California, and he’s been able to turn those connections — and he probably got connections as a bundler for Hillary Clinton as well — into cash for his campaign,” Grothman said on the show, produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
Grothman also said he “may not have enough (money) to entirely counteract things that (Kohl) says that are misleading or outright not true.”
Gousha asked Grothman if he thought the traditionally Republican-leaning district is changing.
Grothman said he would like to think not, but President Trump, while he’s “done a good job,” offends some people with his style and his tweets.
Grothman said some traditional Republicans are offended, and in a personal meeting with Trump, Grothman said he told the president “some of his tweets are hurting him.”
Also on the program, Milwaukee County Supv. John Weishan Jr. said marijuana legalization is an issue that “touches people in many ways,” and he’s hopeful that ballot questions about marijuana use will pass on Nov. 6.
Sixteen Wisconsin counties and two cities will ask voters advisory-only questions about marijuana legalization next month. Most of the questions will ask about approval for medical use, but some will ask about adult recreational use, and at least one referendum will ask about both.
Weishan was the sponsor of the question that will appear on the Milwaukee County ballot. It will ask voters if they favor personal marijuana use for adults 21 and over, and whether pot should be regulated and taxed.
“I think we’ve hit a critical point here across the country, where people have seen in other states the positive results, whether it is to increase tax revenue, the availability for medical use, or the reduction in violent crime in the areas related to the distribution of marijuana,” Weishan said.
He said he’s hopeful that approval of marijuana ballot questions this fall will send a message to state lawmakers to act on the issue.
Also on the program, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin discussed differences between his poll and the NBC/Marist survey, which showed Tony Evers leading Gov. Scott Walker by 8 points among likely voters.
The most recent Marquette poll showed Walker and Evers neck-and-neck.
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