Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, at the opening of a Trump campaign office in Glendale, implored Republicans to get out and vote.
She also took a swipe at the state Democratic Party, which raised $10 million during the second quarter. The haul included a nearly $2.5 million donation from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“Is it OK with you that the Democrat Party of Wisconsin has raised the vast majority of that money from people who aren’t even here in Wisconsin caring deeply about your issues and your values?” Kleefisch asked the crowd Saturday.
Kleefisch stressed the importance for Trump supporters to get out and vote by pointing out Trump only won Wisconsin by a slim margin in 2016.
“This is a really important election, not only to get the president across the finish line because let’s not forget, Donald Trump only won Wisconsin by 23,000 votes, guys,” Kleefisch said.
A campaign spokeswoman said the North Shore office, the third in Milwaukee County, is part of a statewide effort to engage voters at a more local level by offering brick-and-mortar locations run by volunteers from the local community.
State candidates also had a chance to speak during the event, including state Reps. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, and Jim Ott, R-Mequon.
Knodl credited Kleefisch with helping recruit 92 candidates for the Legislature, and the former lt. guv stressed the importance of voting in state elections to maintain the GOP majorities in the Assembly and Senate.
“My Rolodex is falling apart now,” she said. “People won’t take my calls. They’re terrified I’m gonna ask them to run for public office.”
Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, suggested a Kleefisch 2022 gubernatorial bid after the former lt. guv spoke.
“What a great person she is, and we’re going to help her become the next governor of this state.” said Darling.