Earlier this month, Democrat Alex Lasry, the son of one of the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Ron Johnson. Johnson, from Oshkosh, has not revealed his plans for the 2022 election.
Regardless, most observers expect the election to be one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the county. Johnson, in his second six-year term of office, was chair of the Homeland Security Committee in the Senate last year, Now 65, Johnson has been and continues to be an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump. Like many of Trump’s supporters, Johnson claims that the November election was “stolen” from the former president.
After President Joe Biden won the election, Johnson refused to say so until after the January 20 inauguration. He also gained a lot of notoriety for using his committee to go after Biden’s son Hunter for Hunter’s business ties to China and a power utility in the Ukraine. Johnson also, when he questioned, despite video footage and photographic evidence, whether an armed insurrection occurred at the U.S Capitol building on Jan. 6. “This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me,” Johnson said
Lasry, who is 33, is a senior vice president for the Bucks. He was one of the speakers at the 2019 JFK Dinner, held at Ripon College. At the dinner, Lasry was credited with being one of the forces behind the awarding of the 2020 Democratic Party National Conference to Milwaukee. Because of the Covid-10 pandemic, the event was transformed into a nationally televised virtual conference. He is taking a leave of absence from the Buck while runs for the Senate.
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Lasry is the second Democratic to announce for the seat in Washington. He joins Outagamie County Executive Director Tom Nelson who was the first Dem to announce he is joining the battle to unseat Johnson. Nelson is set to be the primary speaker at the March 6 Green Lake County Dems & Friends virtual meeting.
Lasry made unwelcome news recently when it was revealed that despite not being in an eligible group, he received a vaccine shot. Lasry said he had been contacted by a religious leader who had extra does that were in danger of not being administered and thus wasted That, explained Lasry, is why he was able to be vaccinated.
Lasry has been an outspoken advocate for social justice causes; he also has voiced support for unions. He was quoted in the Journal Sentinel, as saying, “What we’ve had for the last 10 years is a senator who hasn’t been representing the people of Wisconsin, who has been more interested in peddling in conspiracy theories and appealing to our worst instincts and impulses.”
Lasry’s father, according to the Washington Post, “is a hedge fund billionaire.” Green Lake County Dems & Friends Chair Linda Wilkens says that she is working to have Lasby at one of the group’s future meetings.