Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch formally announced her run for Wisconsin governor on Sept. 9, 2021, slamming Gov. Tony Evers as a weak failure in a video that cites his handling of the Kenosha riots, unemployment benefits, and other issues.
“One year ago Kenosha burned, while Tony Evers failed to lead…our governor sided with rioters instead of the people of this community,” the video starts, filling the screen with images of Kenosha on ablaze.
His entire term “has been marked by failure and weakness,” Kleefisch says in the video.
Rebecca Kleefisch, a former television reporter, joins Jonathan Wichmann in the race for the Republican nomination. Others mentioned as possible candidates include former Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, lobbyist and former Tommy Thompson Commerce Secretary Bill McCoshen, state Rep. John Macco, and businessman Eric Hovde.
“I am running because I have two kids who I want to choose Wisconsin to live their American dreams and one day raise families here. But that is only possible if we start putting the people first. We need safe communities, great education with real choice and real standards, and good-paying jobs,” said Rebecca Kleefisch in a news release obtained by Wisconsin Right Now.
She scheduled a campaign announcement event for Thursday morning in Waukesha County.
“Tony Evers’ weak leadership has been disastrous for our state. He failed to stand up to the left-wing mobs while Wisconsin cities burned. Evers tried to raise your taxes during a pandemic, and his administration let the calls of unemployed Wisconsinites go unanswered after he shut our economy down,” she said.
“I’m a mother, a cancer survivor, and as your governor, I’ll always put you first and never back down. I have the backbone to get the job done and, together, we can build a stronger Wisconsin.”
She has a website that can be found at RebeccaForGovernor.com.
About Rebecca Kleefisch
The press release says,
“In 2010, Wisconsinites elected Rebecca as the state’s 44th Lieutenant Governor, where she championed workforce and economic development for eight years. During her time in office, Kleefisch became known as a conservative fighter and was the first lieutenant governor in American history to survive a recall.
A cancer survivor, Rebecca is well known for her pro-life record. Also an avid turkey hunter, she is known for strong support for the Second Amendment and her efforts to promote Wisconsin’s sporting heritage. As Lieutenant Governor, she used her platform to create the Governor’s Small Business Summit, an event that allowed Wisconsin small business owners to access state leaders, and the Small Business Academy, a free seminar designed for minority and female potential entrepreneurs.”