By Tim Kowols
A recent advertisement used in this year’s governor’s race has caught the ire of former Lieutenant Governor Barb Lawton. Released by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, it charges Democratic challenger and current state superintendent Tony Evers with giving pay raises of nearly $400,000 to Department of Public Instruction officials instead of teachers. The Associated Press says the money is two separate budget items. Lawton believes the ads are disingenuous, especially considering all the other issues that can be discussed.
Lawton says an ad making false claims takes its toll on the candidates because they have to have the dollars available to counteract against the misleading statements.