Ideas and opinions in this letter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the stance of this paper. The author of this letter has paid for its placement. Lately I’ve been “treated” to a barrage of TV commercials supporting the Republican candidate for US senator which spend zero time talking about his own qualifications, accomplishments, or plans and instead head straight for the gutter by smearing his Democratic opponent. Mandela Barnes is depicted in close proximity to words like “crime” and “violence”.
While this racist fear-mongering undoubtedly plays well with a certain bigoted sub-demographic of the GOP base, I fervently hope that the great majority of Wisconsin voters will be so disgusted by this meretricious tactic that they wouldn’t vote for Ron Johnson for dogcatcher.
Richard S. Russell