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Evers and new running mate Rodriguez head Democrats’ tour stop in La Crosse



They weren’t a team until Tuesday night.  Now, you can see campaign signs promoting ‘Tony and Sara”…Governor Tony Evers, and Lieutenant Governor candidate Sara Rodriguez. 

The audience at a Democratic party rally in La Crosse displays “Tony and Sara” signs on Thursday

They led a group of Democratic party candidates for state office that stopped on Pearl Street in La Crosse for a midday rally Thursday.  Also on the program was were Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Congressional candidate Brad Pfaff, and Evers says Pfaff exudes Western Wisconsin values, but didn’t last long as Evers’s state agriculture secretary.

“That got (Pfaff) fired,” Evers told an audience at the Grand Hotel Ballroom. “Brad Pfaff had the audacity to go to the joint finance committee and say, hey, where’s all that money you set aside for farmer mental health? The farmers need it, not you. He got fired.”

Republican lawmakers decided not to confirm Pfaff as the governor’s agriculture secretary. Pfaff joined the state Senate after the 2020 election, and is risking his Senate seat to run for the 3rd District House seat this November.

Rodriguez won the primary on Tuesday to become the new running mate for Evers.  She’s a registered nurse who won election to the Assembly from heavily-Republican Waukesha County in 2020, and she says her grandparents lived in West Salem.

During the La Crosse rally, Rodriguez criticized the Republican nominee for governor, Tim Michels.

“He wants to get rid of marriage equality, ban same-sex marriage,” she said, which brought a response of “Hell no!” from the audience. Rodriguez also called Michels an election denier, concerning the results of the 2020 election in which Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in Wisconsin.

The current lieutenant governor, Mandela Barnes, was not part of the statewide tour, but he is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. 

The rally was part of a statewide tour by Evers and the others called “Doing the Right Thing.” The tour kicked off earlier on Thursday in Madison.

Governor Evers told the La Crosse audience that he’s been successful at increasing jobs, and filling storefronts.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. nick

    August 12, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Pfaff is not in any qualified.

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