Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, said Monday that he was running against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch because he was tired of “sitting on the sidelines.”
“I didn’t move to the city of Madison to become a politician,” he told MSNBC host Ed Schultz. “I moved here to become a fire fighter. I didn’t see myself sitting here in front of you talking about possibly running for lieutenant governor of the state of Wisconsin… But to sit back on the sidelines and see what is happening and not be involved, that is not what we do as fire fighters and that’s not what we do as first responders.”
“We are responding to an emergency now,” Mitchell added.
Republican Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Ben Sparks responded to the announcement by calling Mitchell a “hand-picked union candidate.”
Private investigator Ira Robins is also running as lieutenant governor for the Democratic Party’s nomination, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."
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by Jessica Corbett
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