‘He has taken the lead from Trump’: Evers targets Michels on first day of race


Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday morning took aim at Tim Michels, the Republican nominee for governor, on the first day of the general election race, calling Michels’ policy stances out of touch with Wisconsinites and alleging his push to appeal to blue-collar workers is disingenuous.

“Trump owns him, he owns Trump,” Evers told reporters outside Monty’s Blue Plate Diner in Madison. 

The governor was joined for breakfast by his new running mate, state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, of Brookfield, who won a landslide victory in Tuesday’s Democratic lieutenant governor primary.


“If you think about the positions he’s taken, those positions — whether it’s (measured by) the Marquette Poll or just common sense — most of the people Wisconsin disagree with,” Evers said of Michels’ policy positions, especially the construction magnate’s uncertainty about the 2020 presidential election. “I’m not running against Donald Trump, nor is Sara Rodriguez running against him. We’re doing this for the people in the state of Wisconsin. We’re going to be focusing on the issues that are important to the people of Wisconsin.”

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