Poll shows Becky Kleefisch winning
and Michels is crying foul!
And he hasn’t even lost, yet. If the Republican candidate for governor loses, he’s going to blame some of the people in this room. They’re “Never Trumpers” because they didn’t check his name on the ballot. They’re “RINOs,” Donald Trump’s term of disparagement for anyone who hasn’t drank his Kool Aid. Like his bitter sponsor, Tim Michels is pointing fingers and taking names because a big poll out over the weekend says he loses to Rebecca Kleefisch tomorrow.
Today, the day before Tuesday’s 08-09-22 primary election, Michels’ campaign threw this rotten egg over the transom:
“Never Trumpers are at it again — trying to divide conservatives to elect a special-interest insider.”
It’s the G-damndest voter appeal this old political warhorse has ever heard! Has it not occurred to Michels that his divisive message is a turn-off to many fellow Republicans who got off the Trump train on January 6? (And how is it possible that a multi-millionaire construction magnate has no special interests of his own? What might be the special interests of his opponent for the Republican nomination, Rebecca Kleefish, he never specifies. Nor does he make the case why her might be worse than his.) Michels blasted this e-mail today to Republican voters:
If we don’t get Trump supporters to the polls to vote for Tim Michels on Tuesday, the Never Trumpers will win like they did in 2020 when they encouraged Wisconsin conservatives to vote for anyone except Trump — a pro-life candidate, a Constitutional Party candidate or the Libertarian Party candidate.”
The Werkes would think Michels might want pro-life, constitutionalists, and libertarians to vote his way. Instead of persuasion, he bullies. Michels continues:
The Never Trumpers knew none of those candidates could win — only take votes away from President Trump which they did. 48,896 voted for one of these other conservatives so that Joe Biden could claim Wisconsin with less than 50% of the vote. A new poll shows it is working again. Emerson College reported that 49% support a pro-Trump candidate, but because their vote is divided between four candidates, Madison insider Rebecca Kleefisch wins with just 36% of the vote.
WI Republicans not that into Trump
Tim Michels just admitted that Kleefisch beats him even among Trump supporters! Are you sure you want to admit that, Tim? Actually, Michels misstates the Emerson poll, conducted August 3-5.
Emerson says that 11% of Republican primary voters are less likely to support a candidate Trump endorsed; 49% say it makes no difference, only 39% are more likely.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Tim Michels made his bed at Mar-a-Lago. Now he’s a porter on Trump’s bitter revenge tour, carrying his master’s baggage, relitigating the past and nursing his grievances. But Michels is doing it before he loses, not after!