Wisconsin Democrats McDonough, Johnson and Baldwin call on to return control of WI Senate to incumbents

Democrats McDonough, Johnson and Baldwin call on to return control of WI Senate to incumbents Wisconsin Democrats used the death of a 7-year-old boy to urge a transition of power in the state senate….

Wisconsin Democrats McDonough, Johnson and Baldwin call on to return control of WI Senate to incumbents

Democrats McDonough, Johnson and Baldwin call on to return control of WI Senate to incumbents

Wisconsin Democrats used the death of a 7-year-old boy to urge a transition of power in the state senate. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, both of Madison, along with Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton, issued statements following the death of Bo Cullen on Wednesday.

Via the Democratic leader’s office, Baldwin, Johnson and Erpenbach called on outside groups to retract ads supporting Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir in her race against Baldwin.

“While we grieve and remember what is lost with the tragic loss of Bo Cullen, our hearts continue to break for his family,” Baldwin said. “Bo was a fighter, especially in his fight to succeed the political system. His family and everyone who knew him knew how much he struggled with the loss of his father and how much of a fighter he was.”

The Hudson Democrat called on all outside groups to withdraw ads supported by Vukmir that Baldwin said “encouraged voters to support the election of a candidate who has tried to use children to her own political advantage.”

At a press conference later Wednesday in Fond du Lac, Erpenbach said outside groups are only accomplishing one thing: “The only damage they do is they make politicians the story, which is a very sad story.”

An outside group called Wisconsin Working Families has spent about $252,000 to push Democrats out of the state senate. The majority party-aligned Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has spent about $1 million in the race to re-elect Vukmir. Neither side has released voter analysis, based on campaign funds, to track where voters lean.

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