MADISON, Wis. – In an attempt to bring her own divisive brand of politics into local races, Rebecca Kleefisch has endorsed a slew of candidates in school board, mayoral, and county races who have histories of remarks and actions that reflect her radical agenda.
Among the Kleefisch-endorsed school board candidates, the Journal Sentinel reported that “there are consistent themes aligned with recent Republican legislation to curtail COVID responses, equity efforts, and teaching about race, gender and sexual orientation.”
Here are a few of Rebecca Kleefisch’s problematic endorsements:
- Steve Frazier, running for DC Everest School Board, has repeatedly amplified conspiracy theories regarding chemtrails, the United Nations, and vaccines.
- Steve Taggart, a Menomonee Falls Village Trustee running for re-election, came under fire in 2020 for making violent comments on social media.
- Amanda Nedweski and Chris Stueland, running for Kenosha County Board and Menomonee Falls School Board respectively, have both worked to remove books featuring LGBTQ characters.
- Former Mayor of Arcadia John Kimmel, who is running again after an embarrassing recall in 2015, supported divisive laws that would target immigrants, including restrictions on flying foreign flags.
In a recall election last fall, Kleefisch also stood by a candidate for school board after since-deleted tweets revealed homophobia and disregard for white supremacy.
“Wisconsinites need local leaders who will work to bring communities together, instead of policies that divide communities,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Hannah Menchhoff. “Rebecca Kleefisch has no interest in what’s best for local communities – she has her own priorities in mind: propping up radical policies that will defund public education, keep potholes in our roads, and make us less safe.”