The first reviews of Mandela Barnes as the Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate are now in, and let’s just say they are less than impressive. Since Barnes secured his nomination, national outlets are weighing in, and the resounding takeaway? Barnes is just too liberal for Wisconsin.
- The Wall Street Journal: “While [Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] are hugely popular among progressives, they are viewed with greater skepticism by the independents who are likely to decide the Wisconsin race. An NBC News national poll earlier this year found 39% of registered voters would be less likely to support a candidate endorsed by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.”
- Rolling Stone: Barnes is running a “subdued” campaign and avoiding the extreme positions he has embraced in the past. One supporter noted that Barnes’ strategy has “taken to basically follow national strategists.”
- Washington Post: “Democrats have privately voiced worries that [Barnes’ extreme positions] could cause problems for him this fall.”
“Mandela Barnes wants to radically alter America through higher taxes, job-killing regulations and by defunding the police and eliminating cash bail. He can attempt to obscure his true positions all he wants, but Wisconsin voters know that he would be just another vote to push the Democrats’ radical agenda in Washington.” – Republican Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Mike Marinella