[Madison, WI] – Despite three years by Evers’ side as lieutenant governor, Mandela Barnes has failed to earn enough confidence from his boss to receive his endorsement.
During a WisPolitics luncheon last month, Tony Evers said that he didn’t have a favorite in the Democrats’ U.S. Senate primary. While unfortunate for Barnes, it’s no wonder that the re-election minded governor doesn’t want to back a far-left candidate trying to win over the hearts of the most liberal fringe of his party:
- Barnes wants to end cash bail, which would allow more violent criminals back on the streets.
- Barnes’ Climate Change Task Force wanted to destroy all prisons, dismantle capitalism, and end voter ID in the name of combating climate change.
- Barnes implied that “abolishing ICE” doesn’t go far enough, saying that “no one slogan can capture all the work we have to do.”
- Barnes called Socialist Squad and prominent “defund the police” advocate Ilhan Omar “brilliant.”
“Mandela Barnes is either too far-left or too lousy of a lieutenant governor to earn Tony Evers’ endorsement,” said Republican Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Anna Kelly. “In any case, for once Evers is right – Barnes is the wrong choice for U.S. Senate.”