Daily Bread for 6.28.22: Who Has the Strongest Position in the WISGOP Gubernatorial Primary? The One Who Didn’t Show

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will see sunshine giving way to clouds, with a high of 86. Sunrise is 5:19 AM and sunset 8:37 PM for 15h 18m 13s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1926, Mercedes-Benz forms when Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merge their two companies.

Two-term Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch may be the strongest Republican candidate for the November gubernatorial election, but she’s not the strongest candidate today among Republicans running in the primary. The strongest candidate in late June 2022 is Trump-endorsed, Connecticut-homeowner Tim Michels. How would one know, when the polls are so close? Michels skipped a WISGOP primary debate, that’s how.

Shawn Johnson reports Rebecca Kleefisch, Kevin Nicholson, Tim Ramthun attack Tim Michels at GOP primary debate (‘Michels, who has surged in recent polling, did not attend the debate’):

The decisions by Michels to miss the debate – and by his opponents to attack him – may hint at a new phase in the GOP primary, where Michels has shot up in the polls following an endorsement by President Donald Trump and a barrage of TV advertising.

In his absence, Kleefisch, Nicholson and Ramthun promoted positions that would put them sharply at odds with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a general election. For example, all three said they’d oppose the legalization of medical marijuana and all three said they’d support enforcement of Wisconsin’s pre-Civil War era abortion ban.

The debate was moderated by Joe Giganti, a conservative talk radio host for WTAQ-AM in Green Bay, and hosted by Providence Academy, a Christian school in Green Bay. Giganti gave the candidates multiple opportunities to attack Michels, which they seized.


Michels’ campaign did not respond to an email Monday asking for comment on why he did not attend the debate. In a tweet Monday night, he posted pictures of a campaign rally.

“Some candidates think the path to victory is to tear other Republicans apart and divide the party. I’m a builder,” Michels said.

Too funny: Michels is, in fact, a builder. He’s also the frontrunner in a race with about six weeks to go.

Aftermath of Russian missile strike on Ukrainian mall:

Footage following a Russian missile strike on a crowded mall in the central city of Kremenchuk on Monday was shared by Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office. The Russian missile strike killed at least 10 people and wounded 40, a senior Ukrainian official has said. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said more than 1,000 people were inside when the strikes happened.
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