The state treasurer will also use her political action committee to help half a dozen Democratic women run for office.
Saying Wisconsin women must be “holistic” to preserve and restore their reproductive health rights, state treasurer Sarah Godlewski said Thursday she has created a political action committee that will work to unseat Senator Ron Johnson and also elect women in six key races for the state legislature.
Godlewski announced the formation of Women Win Wisconsin during an appearance on the UpNorthNews radio show.
“What our whole mission is,” Godlewski said, “is to really galvanize and activate pro-choice Wisconsinites and support candidates in tough elections. I mean, literally, back when the Supreme Court [Dobbs] decision was made in June, half of our population lost rights they knew. And we know the state legislature will only continue to prosecute him.
The focus on the legislative races is called Women Save the Veto and is designed to protect Governor Tony Evers’ ability to thwart further attacks on the rights of individuals without facing the reversal of his vetoes at the Assembly and the Senate, which is sure to happen. whether Republicans win a handful of new seats and can claim a supermajority.
Godlewski’s PAC aims to help two incumbent members of the Democratic Assembly, the Reps. Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton) and Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and back four women running in open precincts, two in the Assembly and two in the Senate.
The focus on the U.S. Senate race will be through WAR-PAC (“Women Against Ron”) as a way to gain access to a Congress that can restore abortion rights that had been protected for nearly 50 years.
“How are we going to be able to move forward?” Godlewski said. “We have to make sure that Roe v. Wade is actually the law of the land and passing Tammy Baldwin’s Women’s Health Protection Act. To do that, we need to make sure Mandela Barnes is in the Senate — and really elevate just how abysmal Ron Johnson’s record is in this area.
Godlewski noted that Johnson celebrated Roe’s repeal in the Dobbs decision, even though public opinion in Wisconsin is staunchly pro-choice, with this week’s Marquette poll showing 63% of all respondents opposed to Dobbs, including nearly 30% of Republicans surveyed.