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Barnes billboard at a Madison-area strip club

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 11, 2022

MADISON — They say much can be deduced about someone from the company he keeps. The same can be said about where you find his political signs.

On U.S. 14  at the edge of Middlelton, there’s a big billboard promoting lieutenant governor and  Dem U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes. The political sign is planted in the parking lot of Silk Exotic  which bills itself as “Madison’s Premier Gentlemen’s Club.” It features fully nude strippers and full alcohol service.

The pro-Barnes sign is paid for by the Minocqua Brewing Co SuperPac, a political fund launched by obnoxious liberal brewer Kirk Bangstad. He’s the guy who crafts brews with names like Biden Beer, Bernie Brew, named after Vermont U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Evers Pale Ale — appropriately named for the palest dude in Wisconsin politics.

Bangstad’s Super Pac last year filed a class action lawsuit against school districts that refused to implement or did away with mask mandates during the pandemic.

Bangstad is a failed Assembly candidate who has led a failed campaign to recreate conservative northern Wisconsin in his radical left image. Failing there, he has brought his liberal campaign billboards to places where they are readily accepted — like suburban Madison — in the parking lot of a strip club. That same “gentlemen’s club” in 2018 hosted porn star and Trump scandal character Stormy Daniels as part of her “Make America Horny Again Tour.”

“With your help, we will make politics in the Northwoods look a little bit more like our lakes—clean and healthy,” the Minocqua Brewing Co SuperPac declares on its website.

Perhaps the billboard’s location is fitting for Barnes, who once hosted a “Pretty in Pink: A Vicky Secret Affair” — a risqué lingerie party.

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