Sarah Godlewski suspends US Senate campaign

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(WSAW) – Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes released a statement Friday morning in what he called Sarah Godlewski’s decision to suspend her campaign and endorse her.

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes were both running for the U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket.

Godlewski has a press conference scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in Fitchburg.

Godlewski’s campaign released this statement on NewsChannel 7:

“Over a year ago, we launched this campaign to defeat Ron Johnson and return that Senate seat to the people of Wisconsin. I stepped up because too often Washington overlooks many of the challenges facing working families — from affordable childcare and elder care to paid family leave to drug costs on prescription and the freedom of procreation. I believed we needed more working moms at the US Senate table who would fight like hell to make these issues a priority — I still do. But it is clear that if we are to finally send Ron Johnson packing, we must all support Mandela Barnes and fight together. I’m proud of what our 72-county campaign has accomplished, and while I may not be on the ballot in November, every issue we’ve fought to bring to the forefront will be. To so many of our supporters across Wisconsin who have encouraged me to stay in this fight: I want you to know that I’m not going anywhere. I will be on the campaign trail to support Mandela, Tony and all Democrats in the November ballot. Thank you, Wisconsin, it’s been the honor of a lifetime to run to be your United States Senator.

Barnes’ statement read:

“I am honored to accept Treasurer Godlewski’s endorsement in this critical race. Throughout this campaign, Sarah has been a leader in the fight to protect abortion access and a tireless advocate for workers and rural communities in Wisconsin. I will proudly stand by his side in these fights as we take on Ron Johnson in the fall. “We’re in a stronger position than ever to defeat Ron Johnson once and for all. And that’s because it’s bigger than any of us. This is the retirement of a senator who left working people in the dust for more than a decade as he doubled his own personal wealth and delivered for his wealthy donors.” This week has demonstrated what it looks like when we come together for a purpose that is greater bigger than ourselves. We are building a coalition that crosses generations, crosses racial divides and political divides. A coalition that includes farmers, union leaders, teachers, small business owners and workers from across the state. “That’s how we beat Scott Walker in 2018 with the highest ever midterm turnout. Bringing everyone together from every corner of the state. And that’s exactly how we’re going to take the fight to Ron Johnson – and win.”

The primary election is August 9.

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