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Leave it to Evers: A different Tony in those ads

Empower Wisconsin | May 5, 2022

Of the biggest fallacies going in Wisconsin politics, there is none bigger than the lie that Tony Evers is a moderate Democrat who has spent his time as governor working with Republicans to “get things done.”

His latest campaign ad promotes this fiction, via the voice of a J.K. Simmons-sounding announcer insisting that Evers “worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass middle class income tax relief,” that this governor is “focused on bringing people together.”

That’s a lie on top of a lie.

As is well documented, Evers didn’t work with Democrats and Republicans to “pass middle class tax relief.” He worked with Democrats to push more than $1 billion in tax increases in his last budget — at a time of record tax collections. He begrudgingly signed a tax cut-heavy budget built by the Republican-controlled Legislature and then falsely took credit for the tax relief.

In his three-plus years in office, Tony Evers has been more of a hyper-partisan (and a far left one at that) than anyone who has ever served as governor of Wisconsin. He recently smashed the record for vetoes — a record that had been in place 95 years. Every Republican you talk to in the Legislature will tell you about the Evers administration’s intransigence, how team Evers refuses to communicate with Republican leadership.

Even as he’s given them the silent treatment, Evers has described his political opponents as “bastards” who hold “amoral” positions. When he wasn’t lashing out at them, his inner circle was secretly recording Republican leadership.

He’s so partisan he couldn’t even bring himself to appoint a Republican lawmaker to his Blue Ribbon Commission on Veteran Opportunity. He did name two Democrats, Reps. Jeff Smith of Brunswick and Deb Andraca of Whitefish Bay, both vulnerable and facing challenging re-election bids come November.

Evers’ office didn’t respond to Wispolitics.com’s questions as to why he didn’t name a Republican to what should be a truly non-partisan commission. That’s because he approached its creation as he has approached everything he’s done in office — with a political motive.

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