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Barnes law enforcement ‘coalition’ shrinks

Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 21, 2022

MADISON — Well, that didn’t work out so well for Jesse Mandela Barnes.

Already Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week for his strained definition of a “coalition”, Wisconsin’s far left lieutenant governor and Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate finds himself at the center of controversy again.

Two of the nine law enforcement officials that made up the “coalition” of officers endorsing Barnes’ have said, Not so fast.

As CBS 58 reported Tuesday, Racine County Deputy Sheriff Malik Frazier is no longer included on Barnes’ short list of supporters. Frazier was one of two active duty officers originally listed in a campaign press release Thursday.

A spokesman for the Racine County Sheriff’s office told the TV station while Frazier personally supports Barnes in the U.S. Senate race, officers cannot publicly endorse a candidate according to federal laws.

The Barnes campaign told CBS 58 Frazier’s name was removed from the list “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Because he is a non-elected active duty officer, when we announced our expanded list, we removed him out of an abundance of caution,” said Maddy McDaniel, a spokeswoman for the Barnes campaign.

That followed a “clerical error” in the case of La Crosse County Sheriff captain John Siegel, the other active-duty officer who supposedly endorsed Barnes but didn’t.

Siegel, a Democrat running for sheriff, told Wisconsin Right Now he never agreed to endorse Barnes for his U.S. Senate race.

And then there were seven — and all of them retired law enforcement officers.

Cops are dropping from Barnes’ endorsement list almost as fast as they’re being fired in his favorite Defund the Police cities.

As the Republican National Committee notes, Barnes has called for defunding “over-bloated” police departments, eliminating cash bail, encouraged “ a reduction of spending” on state corrections budgets, and supports cutting Wisconsin’s prison population in half. 

“Mandela Barnes’ inability to find law enforcement officers who support him is a sign of the bigger public safety concerns that surround his campaign,” said RNC spokeswoman Rachel Reisner. “As voters head to the ballot box, they’ll be reminded that a vote for Barnes is a vote for a more dangerous Wisconsin.”

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