The state Assembly’s new Dem minority leader says her caucus will increase its pressure on Republicans to end the GOP-led review of the 2020 election being conducted by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman.

Rep. Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, told WISN’s “UpFront” the co-sponsorship period for a resolution calling for an end to the probe ended Friday.

“We will be able to move forward with this resolution very soon,” Neubauer said on the program, which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “We absolutely intend to continue putting pressure on Republicans to end this sham investigation. They continue to spend money hand over fist to look for fraud that doesn’t exist.”

Neubauer replaced Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, as a minority leader and became one of the youngest lawmakers in a leadership position in decades.

“I think the Democrats chose one of the most liberal, one of the most in-your-face liberals that we have in the Legislature,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said in a review interview on “UpFront.”

Neubauer, responding to the take, said she will attempt to find common ground with Republicans “if that is what’s best for the people of our state.”

“I would say ever since I was elected four years ago, I have represented my community of Racine in Madison,” Neubauer said. “I’ve advocated for the policies the city of Racine, the 66th District, want to see happen.”

Also on the program, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Johnson, told WISN’s Adrienne Pedersen his bid for re-election will be “a contest between the truth and lies and distortion.”

“I’m not a polarizing figure,” Johnson said. “It’s just that people in the legacy media call me one, and all of a sudden you become one. I’m not a polarizing figure at all. I’m just trying to convey the truth.”

Johnson said he made the decision to seek a third term late last year.

Johnson added he won’t spend any of his own money on the campaign.

Asked whether he sees former President Trump as still the leader of the Republican Party, Johnson said, “We have all kinds of leaders.”

“Obviously he was a former president. He’s certainly involved in the debate, and that’s up to him to decide how much he wants to be involved,” he said. “I’m going to run my race. I’ll be representing Wisconsinites as I always have.”

Johnson is hosting a panel discussion today with a number of doctors who have been highly critical of the government’s response to COVID-19 and the push to vaccinate Americans.

“I would say I don’t have a great deal of faith in the leadership of the CDC and the federal health agencies at this point,” said Johnson, who has faced criticism from Dems and some health officials over his comments related to the pandemic. “Tell me one thing I’ve talked about that is incorrect, that is misinformation, that isn’t factually true.”

The program also unveiled a new poll in the primary race for Milwaukee mayor conducted by Public Policy Polling that found the acting mayor in the lead.

The primary is Feb.15.

The poll was conducted for Milwaukee Works, a nonprofit policy organization that says it advocates for politically moderate public policy issues. The poll surveyed 1,135 likely voters and was in the field on Jan. 19-20.

It found acting Mayor and Common Council President Cavalier Johnson led the field, receiving 25 percent when asked who participants would vote for if the election were held today. Former Ald. Bob Donovan received 18 percent, followed by Dem state Sen. Lena Taylor at 13 percent and Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic at 7 percent. Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas received 5 percent, followed by Michael Sampson and Isehuh Griffin, both at 1 percent.

But 30 percent of those polled said they were still “not sure.”

“The three-tier aspect of the race at this point is surprising,” said Dan Adams, a Milwaukee attorney who oversees Milwaukee Works. “I expected Marina Dimitrijevic and Sheriff Earnell Lucas to do better, not be in the low digits, but I did expect Lena Taylor and Bob Donovan to be where they are, fighting for that second place.”

The top two primary winners will advance to the April 5 spring general election.

See more from the show:
https://www.wisn.com/upfront

See WisPolitics.com’s Milwaukee mayoral race page:
https://www.wispolitics.com/2022-milwaukee-mayoral-race/

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