The Senate Leadership Fund, which is affiliated with Republicans, is out with a new TV ad that features the grandmother of a girl struck during the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy knocking Mandela Barnes for supporting the elimination of cash bail.

The group said the ad is running statewide in all markets. It had filed reports with the FEC totaling nearly more than $5.1 million in independent expenditures between Aug. 31 and a week ago. That includes more than $3.1 million on TV.

The woman in the spot — identified as Patti, of Franklin — says her granddaughter Samantha was struck during the parade, suffered a serious brain injury and nearly died.

She says the driver should have been in jail and Barnes “supports no cash bail that puts criminals like Darrell Brooks back on the streets.” Brooks was out on $1,000 bail at the time of the parade.

“He’s more worried about criminals than victims,” Patti says. “Mandela Barnes doesn’t have the judgment to keep our communities safe.”

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