WisDems: “Knives Out” – July 21

MADISON, Wisconsin— Welcome to “Knives Out” – Rebecca Kleefisch’s favorite phrase and a weekly summary of the infighting between radical Republicans running for governor in Wisconsin.

The GOP is locked in a heated and brutal primary for governor, where Rebecca Kleefisch, Tim Ramthun and Tim Michels are each trying to prove that they are the most controversial candidate in the race. What’s going on inside the Republican Party is so outrageous that it’s hard to keep track of all their blunders – so here’s a summary:

Who says that?

Can you guess who said the following?

“I did sex ed in seventh grade. It was confusing then. We teach sex ed to third graders, third graders, kindergartens, are you kidding me? That’s ridiculous. What’s the order of the day there? I think the agenda is just to tear America down. Take down the nuclear family. To confuse those kids. It’s going to stop. It’s wrong.”

Scroll to the end of this newsletter for the answer.

The NRA Wars

Tim Michel’s stance on guns is so extreme that his campaign assumed he had the NRA’s endorsement and erroneously published mailers who said as much. The reality is that all of the Republican gubernatorial candidates are so out of step with the people of Wisconsin on gun safety that Rebecca Kleefisch, Tim Michels and Tim Ramthun might as well already have NRA support in the bag.

Although Michels has the highest mark a politician with no voting history can achieve, the organization did not endorse this primary.

The NRA made it clear they weren’t impressed

[Associated Press, 7/18/22]

Rebecca Kleefisch, who says she has an “A” grade from the NRA, obviously likes it.

On WSAU comments, she explained to Michels:

“If you have to lie to get NRA approval when you actually got an AQ rating, then you’re not ready for prime time. And I’m not trying to be mean here. I try to point out the differences in preparation.

“Not ready for prime time.” Ouch.

Tim Ramthun: 10 things you don’t know about me!

Not to mention, Tim Ramthun posted a video of his top 10 assets.

Besides the fisheye lens, here are some highlights:

  1. Ramthun calls himself a “stranger within”. Flash news… you are already in government. As elected.
  2. He says he is a “battle-tested man of principle and integrity”. Yes, if by “integrity” you mean spreading lies about the 2020 election.
Tim Michels Forgot He Already Said He’d Sign a ‘Parental Bill of Rights’

Tim Michels released his radical education proposal just over a month ago. Hidden beneath the language of signing a “parents’ bill of rights” is the goal of calling on parents to sue schools.

[Michels For Governor, Education Blueprint, Accessed 7/20/22]

Unsurprisingly, on The Vicki McKenna Show, Michels couldn’t answer a basic question about it:

VICKI MCKENNA: So let’s go through some issues, because you know, people want to know. Would you like to sign a parent’s bill of rights?

TIM MICHELS: I would, but I want to know what’s in it, okay?


TIM MICHELS: In business, you know, I can’t say, “Yeah, put something in front of me, and I’ll sign it.” I read them – I read everything. I read the contracts. I’m going to read those bills. It’s always a question of details.

Invoice text available here for free at any time, Tim.

A very (un)happy birthday

Kudos to Molly Beck for sharing this fun fact.
Should we send them a cake?

“Who said it” answer revealed

It was Tim Michels at one of the stops on his Freedom Tour. It’s a bit of a slippery slope to say that sex education ruins the nuclear family, but it comes from a man who wants to take away a person’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Tim Michels is too extreme for Wisconsin.

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