By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes appears to be cutting a campaign commercial Monday afternoon at a Milwaukee microbrewery, and the political consultant behind it is looking for Barnes’ backers to show he has friends, Empower Wisconsin has learned.
“We’re filming some content for Mandela Barnes as he considers a possible Senate run and we are hoping to have the help of his supporters as extras for a scene we’re filming on MONDAY on the outdoor patio …, “ wrote Bianca Lozano of political media and strategy firm, Left Hook, in a text message obtained by Empower Wisconsin.
Camera crews will be at City Lights Microbrewery, on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Menomonee River Valley, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to Lozano. An official with the microbrewery confirmed that the film crew is scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m., when the taproom opens.
Invited guests are asked to respond to the text — sent out Saturday evening — “asap” and include their email so Lozano can send “clothing tips.”
“Please spread the word, the more the merrier,” the text encourages.
Looks like “the Lesser Mandela,” as conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna likes to call the far left lieutenant governor, is gearing up to join a crowded field of Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. Democrats are looking grab the seat, currently held by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh), in the 2022 November election.
Gov. Tony Evers’ second recently began fundraising efforts for his “possible campaign,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He’s apparently testing the waters in a brief, 15-day window under federal election law.
Last month, Barnes tapped Kory Kozloski, former political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as an advisor.
Now he’s apparently working with Left Hook. It’s slogan is, “Hit ‘em with the Left Hook.” The firm, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. boasts it has “won races from California to Maine.” Left Hook boasts as clients: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in her failed run for president last year, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly’s successful U.S. Senate run in Arizona, and Julian Castro, former Obama administration secretary, in his failed presidential run in 2020.