Wisconsin Democrats have brought a former La Crosse County Board chair out of retirement to help blame Republicans for the spread of COVID-19.
In an online message Wednesday, the state Democratic Party featured Tara Johnson criticizing state and federal Republican leaders for downplaying the seriousness of the virus.
Johnson pointed to the large increase in La Crosse County cases during June to argue the safer-at-home orders were lifted prematurely.
“I took an oath to uphold the constitution of the state of Wisconsin, and protect the residents of La Crosse County,” Johnson said. “(President Donald) Trump swore a similar oath to protect all Americans. I don’t believe that he is doing that.”
he criticized legislators and the state Supreme Court for lifting the safer-at-home order in mid-May, arguing that
Johnson and state Democratic Party chair Ben Wikler accuse Trump of setting a bad example by having public rallies and failing to wear a face mask.
The La Crosse County Republican Party has, in turn, accused local leaders of overreacting to the virus, by closing businesses and even beaches, and blaming Democratic control of county government for those actions.