U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher is calling on Congress to convene an emergency session to address the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Ukrainians still need our help,” Gallagher said on WISN’s “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “Right now Putin wants to turn this into a quick and relatively costless victory, so I think our task is to slow this down and make this as painful as possible.”

Gallagher, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said it’s likely too late to send U.S. troops into Ukraine.

“Right now, given the rapidity Putin has taken over the country, I don’t even know if it would be logistically possible for us to get any troops there,” Gallagher, a veteran, said. “One thing we can do, and one bipartisan thing I would support, is reinforcing NATO’s eastern front and (in) particular the deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles to NATO frontline states. That would cause Putin to get very nervous.”

Racine Mayor Cory Mason says he’s willing to go to jail in order to “defend democracy” days after Michael Gableman formally asked a Waukesha County judge to do just that for failing to comply with subpoenas.

“I certainly don’t want to go to jail. But if it’s something I would have to do to defend democracy and stand up for the clerks and all the poll workers that did all that hard work, it’s certainly something I would do,” Mason said on “UpFront.”

Gableman is scheduled to testify tomorrow before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has indicated Gableman could produce his final report at that hearing.

“I’m really hoping Gableman wraps up this investigation, whatever it’s supposed to be about, at Tuesday’s Assembly committee hearing as a bipartisan chorus of people have called on him to do,” Mason said.

Mason defended the city’s use of private grant money from the Centers for Tech and Civic Life, which is funded largely by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Mason said the city would consider doing the same in the future.

“Grant funding has always been a source of city funding and I imagine will continue to be,” Mason said. “I certainly wouldn’t rule it out in the future. It has not been found unlawful or wrong in any way. This is what allowed us to let people safely vote during an election.”

Reince Priebus, former chair of the Republican National Committee and White House chief of staff during the Trump administration, says he believes Milwaukee is the frontrunner to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.

Priebus, a Wisconsin native, told “UpFront” he would likely chair the host committee if Milwaukee received the bid.

“That’s what it looks like,” Priebus said. “If we do get the convention, I’ll probably do that, but it’s obviously something I think we all would do for our own community.”

Milwaukee is one of three finalists alongside Nashville and Salt Lake City. Members of the RNC site selection committee are expected to tour Nashville today. The group was in Milwaukee Feb. 16-17. Priebus greeted members at Fiserv Forum.

“They were really impressed,” Priebus said. “I have to say VISIT Milwaukee did a really nice job on the tour.”

Priebus also praised acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, who addressed the group during a dinner that Wednesday evening.

“He talked about 9/11, the impressions that he had of George W. Bush at the time, the fact that was one of the main motivators in his life for public service,” Priebus said. “He pledged as a Democrat mayor to be a great partner with the RNC and to continue the tradition of Democrat mayors partnering with the Republican National Committee, and he did it in a gracious, elegant way that I thought the committee members were really impressed.”

Priebus, who served as former President Trump’s chief of staff from January 2017 to July 2017, said Trump will “probably” run again and could be the 2024 nominee.

“I mean, certainly I think if we were making that decision today, he probably would be,” Priebus said. “I don’t know whether he’s going to run. I think he probably will run, but it’s a long way away. It’s anybody’s call, and there’s a lot of people in our party who I know are snooping around, but so is President Trump.”

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