Former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R) is increasing her political visibility ahead of the 2022 elections with the debut of a effort to create a new conservative agenda for Wisconsin.
The new organization, the 1848 Project, will create a “Forward Agenda,” conservative policy proposals for Wisconsin. The project is named after the year Wisconsin became a state.
“I am confident that the solutions to most of our state’s challenges can be found in the very neighborhoods most impacted by them – if we are just willing to listen to the people who live there,” said Kleefisch in a statement Tuesday. “We will be listening to and learning from people in communities all across this state as they help us to develop an agenda that ensures all of our Wisconsin families share in a brighter future.”
Kleefisch will be the president of the organization. An advisory board has also been created that includes a number of prominent Wisconsin Republican leaders and contributors, including Rick Graber of the Bradley Foundation.
Reaction from the left ranged from the absurd to the absurd. Scot Ross, the former executive director of One Wisconsin Now who currently sits on the state’s ethics board, already has pre-judged the ethics of Kleefisch’s non-profit.
Good thing Ross will recuse himself in any possible ethics complaint brought by the Democrats, right?
But Ross was outdone by current Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (D):
Good thing Kleefisch didn’t name the organization 1776.
This is the second organization Kleefisch has started that will raise her political profile in Wisconsin politics. In July, Kleefisch launched RebeccaPAC to help Republican legislative candidates.
Kleefisch has been keeping her profile up in other ways. Last November Kleefisch joined Associated Builders & Contractors-Wisconsin as a “jobs ambassador” promoting careers in the construction trades.