GREEN BAY — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis drew hundreds to a hotel ballroom in Green Bay just an hour before the Packers’ home opener against the Chicago Bears, predicting that Wisconsin would turn into the Sunshine State of the North if Tim Michels is elected governor in November.
That idea, like its architect, is polarizing – receiving a standing ovation from conservatives who gathered to see the potential 2024 presidential nominee on Sunday, while Democrats in Wisconsin called the approach ‘radical and dangerous’ .
“With Tim Michels as governor, you’re going to be able to do everything Florida has done and more on the issue of election integrity,” DeSantis said to cheers at an event hosted by conservative Turning Point Action. .
Michels focused on the 2020 election in the Republican primary, but turned his campaign to crime and schools issues in the general election against Gov. Tony Evers. On Sunday, he reiterated his intention to sign legislation Evers vetoed that would tighten voting rules and, in some cases, add new restrictions.
He also suggested he would sign legislation that would end voters’ ability to self-declare themselves indefinitely and receive mail-in ballots for each election without further requests.
DeSantis also promised that Michels would sign legislation reflecting Florida’s aggressive approach to banning COVID-19 rules and mandates, and touted his response to Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s criticism of a law. signed by DeSantis that banned classroom lessons related to sexual orientation or gender identity for the youngest students in public schools.
“I said, ‘You know, you have the right to talk and do this woke thing, but you don’t have the right to force us, as Florida taxpayers, to subsidize your activism,'” a said DeSantis, referring to the action he pursued. taking over a special tax district that Disney World had operated in for decades, giving them broad control over the land that houses the massive theme park.
DeSantis’ speculation of major transformations under a Michels administration that would match his aggressive and controversial approach came as DeSantis faces criticism for sending 50 migrants from Texas to the liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
“One of the biggest rule of law failures is happening on the southern border and until last week nobody really talked about it much,” DeSantis said Sunday.
The campaign for Evers, who is seeking a second term in November against Michels, said DeSantis was unwelcome in Wisconsin and jumped at the moment of the event.
“Wisconsinians don’t want an out-of-state, out-of-state radical ruining their Sunday — and they don’t want Ron DeSantis here either,” Evers campaign senior adviser Sam Roecker said in a statement. reference to the separation of Michels. his time between Wisconsin and Connecticut.
“Tim Michels continues to show Wisconsin voters he’s wrong for our state, and hosting an event right before a Packers game with one of the country’s most controversial politicians is another red flag.”
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher and Attorney General nominee Eric Toney also spoke at Sunday’s event, with Johnson and Gallagher wearing Packers gear while the others wore suits.