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Barnes’ fundraiser a who’s who of radicals

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who seems to have disappeared from his “work” as Gov. Tony Evers’ second in command to campaign full-time for U.S. Senate, has been hitting the fundraiser circuit hard.

Earlier this month Barnes’ leftist friends held a cash mixer for the Democrat featuring special guest U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) and radical spice peddler Bill Penzey  —  a vitriolic liberal who hates Donald Trump so much he took it out on the relatively few conservative customers Penzeys Spices must have.

In 2019, the leftist capitalist used his company to buy ads on Facebook supporting the Democratic Party’s first impeachment effort against Trump.

“Penzeys Spices has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars this fall promoting Facebook ads — long stream-of-consciousness missives — supporting impeachment of Trump or railing against the Republican Party and Fox News,” the Los Angeles Times reported in December 2019. The gushing story from the mainstream news outlet was headlined, “Mixing politics and parsley: Why this spice seller spent $700,000-plus on Facebook ads for Trump’s impeachment.”

In 2016, after Trump was elected, Penzey sent an email scolding his customers that if they voted for Trump they “just committed the biggest act of racism in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway…” referring to the segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

Penzey’s political attack made him “the bannerman of the #resistance,” a liberal movement driven by people who publicly stated the 2016 election was stolen from Democrats.

The host list for Barnes’ fundraiser also included Michael Rosen, former professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College and long-time president of the American Federation of Teachers Union. Rosen has been a contributor — albeit smaller donor — to Barnes’ lieutenant governor campaign, dropping $100 in November 2020.

Rosen co-authored a column in April for the far left Wisconsin Examiner declaring how popular Biden’s American Rescue Plan and the American Jobs Act was and how Republicans are wrong to raise the “boogeyman of inflation.”

“In a futile attempt to discredit President Joe Biden’s extraordinarily popular American Rescue Plan (economic recovery) and American Jobs Act (infrastructure) the usual Republican and neo-liberal suspects are once again raising the boogeyman of inflation,” the column asserts.

The “economics” professor insisted that rising inflation “scares only the extremely wealthy.” Rosen should tell that to the middle-income earners looking at soaring heating bills this winter and every consumer everywhere paying a lot more for everything from a gallon of milk to a gallon of gas.

Not even the usual Biden apologists could paper over alarming inflation hikes driven by the president’s polices and orders and his congressional allies’ spending benders.

“U.S .inflation remains much higher than anyone would like — consumers, the White House, the Federal Reserve… In September, prices stayed high, returning to a 13-year peak after dipping a bit in August,” CNN reported.

These are the radicals and the courters of economic disaster surrounding and supporting Mandela Barnes, a Democratic front-runner in a crowded field of liberals vying to become Wisconsin’s next U.S. senator.

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