Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 27, 2022
MADISON — State. Sen. Roger Roth, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, says Gov. Tony Evers is running the most negative campaign “in our lifetime.” Mr. ‘Gee, Aww Shucks, Folks” Evers acknowledges his campaign and his big money liberal allies have no problem going negative.
Last week on the Pod Save America podcast — hosted by the douchiest former Obama sycophants around — Evers essentially said he’ll stop at nothing to win in November.
“If we have to engage in negative politics, we’ll do that, too. It’s important to win,” the Democrat said.
Roth says Evers doesn’t have much to run on, particularly as polls show a tight race between him and Republican businessman Tim Michels. A new Trafalgar Group poll last week found Michels up slightly on Evers (47.7% to 47%).
It certainly is the most expensive governor’s race in the nation.
AdImpact, a group that tracks political advertising, last week tweeted that nearly $55 million has been spent on TV advertising for the Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race, making it the most expensive general election matchup in the country so far. Dems have spent $38 million, while the GOP has dropped $16.8 million, AdImpact reported.
“If you look at what Tony Evers is doing right now, they are spending (tens of millions of dollars), virtually all of it is negative, attacking Tim Michels,” Roth said, noting the money from Evers’ campaign and liberal groups dumped on the governor’s re-election bid. “What else is he going to talk about?… We’ve got an absentee governor who treats this as a part-time job and is so ashamed, I think, that he has nothing to run on.”
Roth addressed a recent report from Empower Wisconsin showing Evers often putting in less than a full day’s work on official government business, even in times of crisis, according to his calendars.
“The job of governor is a difficult job. It requires getting up real early in the morning and not getting home until late …,” the lieutenant governor candidate said. “He’s proven over the course of his four years that he’s unwilling to do that.”
State Sen. Roger Roth is our guest on today’s edition of PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.