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Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Thankful for Tea Party Express' Endorsement

The lieutenant governor, who faces a recall election in about two weeks, stood shoulder to shoulder with Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, at a press conference Monday, May 21.

The national Tea Party Express has been a prominent player on the Wisconsin recall scene for nearly a year, and on Monday, it promised to remain one until Election Day.

In a joint press conference in Milwaukee, Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, publicly endorsed Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Mahlon Mitchell in the June 5 recall election.

“I want people around the country to know the accomplishments of the lieutenant governor and how she has been a strong conservative supporter for Governor (Scott) Walker and stood behind him,” Kremer said, as Kleefisch stood by her side. “They have been working hand in hand to make sure (good) things happen for the citizens of Wisconsin.”

Kremer said the Tea Party Express will be in Wisconsin on June 1 for a bus tour through the state. She said it is not uncommon for the group, the largest and one of the most prominent tea party organizations in the nation, to endorse candidates at a federal level, but said Wisconsin is a special case.

“This is, we believe, ground zero heading into going into November’s general election,” Kremer said. “People across the country are paying attention … We’ve been focused on what’s happening here.”

Tea party groups nationwide have been involved with the Wisconsin recalls for some time. In January, Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty and We The People of the Republic recruited nearly 10,000 volunteers to .

Another tea party group, The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama, has been sending out emails regularly in an effort to raise money to help fight the Walker recall.

And last August, when six Republican state senators faced recall opposition, the Tea Party Express . At a Thiensville rally in the 8th Senate District, where incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling was being challenged by Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch, several hundred supporters came out, though Darling herself did not make an appearance.

Kleefisch, however, eagerly accepted the endorsement from Kremer and the tea party with a little more than two weeks before the election. She said she spoke at her first tea party event four years ago, believes in the movement and continues to support the tea party’s direction and beliefs.

“I wanted to make sure people understand how grateful I am for this endorsement and recognition, not just that I stand shoulder to shoulder with those who seek to preserve the liberties and freedoms that we have in this country but also those who understand that our governor needs his best partner in the lieutenant governor’s office,” Kleefisch said.

Kleefisch said as lieutenant governor she has served the role of jobs ambassador, leading several small business roundtable discussions on how to improve the business atmosphere in the state. She said she has approached out-of-state businesses about coming to Wisconsin, and has spent time working on improving workforce development and matching up unemployed workers with open jobs.

The Tea Party Express’ endorsement was met with criticism from Mitchell’s camp, where Kleefisch was accused of relying on “out-of-state right-wing radicals.”

“I am proud to have the support of police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, electricians, and other middle class men and women throughout Wisconsin,” Mitchell said in a news release. “We need to bring Wisconsin back together. Middle class families cannot afford the Walker-Kleefisch Tea Party agenda that is dividing our state.”

Kremer said Kleefisch needs the support and help from “people across the country and people in Wisconsin,” and that the recalls are frivolous and a waste of taxpayers’ money. She said Kleefisch and Walker should be lauded, not recalled.

“Washington and Wisconsin are very similar, except that Wisconsin is on the right path and Washington is on the wrong path. We actually think Washington could take a lot of lessons from Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and Governor Walker," Kremer said.

"When you look at what’s going on in Washington, where the Senate had not passed a budget in over three years and the only answer is to tax and spend and tax and spend and tax and spend some more, it doesn’t work," she added. "You compare that to what happened here in Wisconsin when the governor and lieutenant governor took office, a budget was passed right away and they closed that $3.6 billion deficit.”

Bewildered May 22, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Oh Bren, there you go again. Pls show where I "suspend believe about the financial crisis" . All I have to do is look at my 401k and portfolio, and watch the market the past week or so, to know we are in deep trouble. Your are correct tho, I have suspended my believe in the current admin's initiatives. I am feed up with Obama's attempt to tax and spend out of the recession. TARP sure worked well. Lowered unemployment below 8% as promised, didnt it? At least I'm now a owner of Government Motors. No denying our fiscal problems go back years, but to keep blaming them on past administrations when Obama's been in office 4 years (first two with both House and Senate control) and unable to do anything to improve the economy is absurd (just look at ObamaCare. Anyone remember that?). Take some ownership Dems. You should be ashamed you've massively increased the debt while putting off the ramifications on our kids. Shame ! Shame ! Bren Fischer, have you ever met a tax increase you didn't love?
morninmist May 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
haha This quote reminds me of how a TeaGOP young man came out with his sign as a friend and I were collecting petition signatures to recall Walker. His sign read: I stand behind Walker" I told him he would get pooped on when standing behind Walker. He soon left. Good laugh for the day. “I want people around the country to know the accomplishments of the lieutenant governor and how she has been a strong conservative supporter for Governor (Scott) Walker and stood behind him,” Kremer said....."
morninmist May 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM
@Bewildered Walker lies- @Spudlovr Taxes up? That can't be true because TV ads keep telling me the gov didn't raise taxes. #wiunion 2 hours ago MADISON—State-local governments collected $25.9 billion in taxes and fees in fiscal year 2011, 5.4% more than in 2010. This year’s tax burden was the highest since 2006, reflecting 2009-10 tax increases and a modest economic recovery. These findings are from a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Postrecession Snapshot: Total Taxes in 2011.” WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education. State-local taxes claimed 11.9% of total state personal income in 2011, up from 11.7% the prior year and 11.3% in recession-plagued 2009. Because tax collections following a recession tend to rebound faster than personal income, tax burdens often rise early in a recovery. Higher tax collections in 2011 were largely driven by increases in individual income and property taxes—the two largest state-local taxes. Individual income tax revenues rose 10%, from $6.1 billion in 2010 to $6.7 billion in 2011, partly due to the recovery but also to tax increases. Those increases included a new tax bracket for the state’s highest earners and a reduction in the capital gains exclusion included in the 2009-11 state budget....
morninmist May 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Hey Rebecca You are not helping with job creation. unkybunky ‏@unkybunky @Progress2day @onewisconsinnow Dead last in job growth is dead last in job growth no matter which way you count it #wiunion #recallwalker
Bucky May 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Rebecca has done absolutly nothing except shinned Walkers boots. Another Koch puppet.

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