GOP state Rep. Tim Ramthun has registered with the state to run for guv, the latest step as he prepares for a formal campaign launch.
Ramthun, R-Campbellsport, again didn’t return calls yesterday from WisPolitics.com as he gears up for a formal announcement that he’s running for guv.
Ramthun has scheduled a “special announcement” for Saturday. A promo for the event lists My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and Ivan Raiklin, a former Green Beret who has pushed audits of the 2020 election in various states and is tied to efforts by former Trump adviser Michael Flynn to sow doubts about the 2020 results.
Dan Eastman is listed as another guest. The Ozaukee County attorney was part of the legal team that filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Wisconsin’s 2020 election results. The original filing was riddled with errors, and a federal judge has been weighing for months whether to force the legal team in that suit to reimburse the state for Gov. Tony Evers’ legal bills.
Ramthun introduced a resolution seeking to rescind Wisconsin’s electoral votes for Joe Biden, even though the Leg Council has said that isn’t possible. And Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, stripped Ramthun of his lone full-time aide, saying the lawmaker had told lies about his Assembly GOP colleagues in his materials on the 2020 election.
Ramthun is the ninth Republican to register with the state Ethics Commission to run for guv, joining former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, businessman Kevin Nicholson and businessman Jonathan Wichmann. The other five aren’t well known and include John Schiess, of Rice Lake, who’s run for various offices over the past dozen years.