As Johnson faces strain from occasion leaders and former President Donald Trump to run once more, his new Democratic foe is seizing on the Wisconsin Republican’s remarks surrounding the January 6 assault on the US Capitol as a centerpiece of her campaign.

“Instead of conspiracy theories, we can focus on actually helping families,” Godlewski mentioned in her announcement, after exhibiting clips of the revolt.

Godlewski is the newest addition to a rising Democratic field in search of to tackle Johnson, who has frozen the potential Republican field by not deciding whether he’ll seek a third term next year. The Democrats already within the race embody Milwaukee Bucks government Alex Lasry, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson and radiologist Gillian Battino. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Steven Olikara, founding father of the Millennial Action Project, are additionally contemplating Senate campaigns.

But regardless of the strain from some high Republicans to run, Johnson advised NCS this week that he has loads of time to decide on.

“I’m under no pressure to decide anything soon,” Johnson mentioned.

When requested if he can be within the subsequent few months or possibly longer, he responded, “It will be before the election. There is no reason to decide anytime soon.”

Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski works in her office in the basement at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin in January 2019.Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski works in her office in the basement at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin in January 2019.
In her announcement video, Godlewski sought to attract a pointy distinction with Johnson, who has taken on everybody who blamed Trump for inciting the lethal riot on the Capitol in January: Democrats, the mainstream media and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Johnson has raised questions on whether or not Trump supporters were in fact culpable for the violence, incomes him the scorn of his Democratic colleagues, whereas he says he is simply in search of the reality.

Godlewski mentioned as senator she would fight local weather change and the price of pharmaceuticals, elevate the minimal wage and work to eliminate the filibuster to cross laws. But she repeatedly turned to sharply criticize the Wisconsin Republican, together with for saying that the rioters “love this country” and “truly respect law enforcement.”

“He says the attackers would never break the law,” Godlewski mentioned. “I don’t think you show respect by bludgeoning and killing police officers.”

Johnson is the one Republican to carry statewide workplace in Wisconsin, a state that selected Biden over Trump by lower than one level. Some Republicans, together with National Republican Senatorial Committee chair Rick Scott, have pressured Johnson to run for one more six-year time period.

“I try to talk to him every day,” the Florida senator advised NCS. “I want him to run.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asks questions during a Senate hearing last month.Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asks questions during a Senate hearing last month.

Potential GOP candidates are watching Johnson intently.

Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican who’s continuously considered as a possible Senate candidate, insisted to NCS on Monday evening that he was not planning a run.

“No,” he mentioned when requested if he would run if Johnson did not.

Gallagher then added: “Johnson is going to run again. I think he’s going to run again.”

Johnson has acknowledged that his seat is a high Democratic goal in 2022, telling NCS in March that “people are out to destroy me” after his feedback relating to what occurred on January 6.

In February, Johnson mentioned that McConnell wanted “to be a little careful” after he blamed the previous President for the Capitol riot, and claimed the Senate Republican chief didn’t communicate for the Senate GOP convention.

During a high-profile listening to, Johnson inserted into the record a first-person account that attempted to shift the duty from Trump to a small group of provocateurs, suggesting they turned a largely peaceable protest of the 2020 election right into a rampage that left five dead and practically 140 officers injured. Johnson then repeatedly pushed again on those that mentioned the riot was an “armed” revolt, saying the FBI is unaware of any arms being confiscated or any pictures fired in addition to from regulation enforcement.

Johnson has condemned the violence and acknowledged that different weapons in addition to firearms had been utilized by the rioters. But in an interview final month with NCS, Johnson refused to bat down the Trump lie that the election was stolen.

“I think there are some real issues that have not been answered and I think these are legitimate concerns about the election,” Johnson mentioned. “I’m not afraid of the truth, OK?”

NCS’s Ted Barrett contributed to this report.