U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, launched two new TV ads that tout his work with a faith-based initiative in Milwaukee to help those in the inner city connect with jobs.
The campaign said the ads will run statewide on broadcast and cable TV, but declined to provide other details, including how much is being spent on the spots.
Johnson also ran ads on the Joseph Project during his 2016 reelection bid. Those spots featured Pastor Jerome Smith, who co-founded the effort with Johnson in 2015. The new spots feature his widow, Markeitha Smith, who says she wishes others knew Johnson like she did.
In one 30-second spot, Smith says she never would’ve thought Johnson would be “somebody that I can say is family.” But she praises him for taking time to support her husband and their shared vision for the Joseph Project.
In the second, Smith says Johnson reached out to her after her husband died and told her to call if she needed anything.
“He always says that a lot of people say things when they don’t know. I said I just wish people knew you like I knew you,” Smith says. “So the best advice I could ever give a person is, before you listen to what somebody else has to say, please get to know a person for yourself.”
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll, released last week, found 33 percent of registered voters had a favorable view of Johnson, while 45 percent had an unfavorable one. Twenty-two percent didn’t have an opinion of the 11-year incumbent.