The first TV commercials of the 2022 campaign cycle are airing in Wisconsin, targeting a Republican senator and linking him to last week’s violent riot on the U.S. Capitol.
The Wisconsin Democratic Party launched a week of ads on Wednesday morning criticizing Senator Ron Johnson for his role in fomenting doubts over President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the presidential election and binding him to the Capitol headquarters .
With gruesome footage of a Capitol Police officer run over by rioters backing President Trump, the narrator of the ad cites an op-ed published last week in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that called Mr Johnson “a prominent member of the Senate Sedition Caucus ”and called for his resignation. .
The state party is spending more than $ 100,000 to broadcast the ad in five television markets in Wisconsin and Washington, DC, according to Ben Wikler, the Democratic president of Wisconsin. He plans to keep the spot on TV thanks to Mr. Biden’s inauguration next week.
Mr Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, did not vote to overturn the presidential election results last week. But in the aftermath of the election, he and his committee amplified false allegations of electoral fraud that have been repeatedly dismissed by courts across the United States.
Mr Johnson, first elected in 2010, has not confirmed he will run for a third term in 2022. He initially said he would retire after two terms, but in the final days before the Nov. 3, told the New York Times that “things have changed.”
“Ron Johnson shouldn’t wait 21 months to lose an election, he should resign now,” Wikler said. “Wisconsinites should never forget the image of the violent marauding mobs that force their way into the United States Capitol to overturn the election results. This moment will mark Ron Johnson’s career for the rest of his life.
At least three Wisconsin Democrats are actively planning to run for a primary to face Mr Johnson in 2022. Thomas Nelson, the Outagamy County executive, launched his campaign in October. Sarah Godlewski, the state treasurer, and Alex Lasry, the executive of the Milwaukee Bucks, are also setting up campaign infrastructure but have yet to announce their offer.