‘We Have a Base Here’: The Fight for Voters in a Conservative Stronghold

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Lasting lessons from southeast Wisconsin show the path forward for Republicans in suburban America, even in an unpredictable election.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Y ou can see the mayhem of the political moment in Wauwatosa, where Bonnie Lee is campaigning for the state assembly. Shattered glass of homes and storefronts is scattered in the streets. Demonstrations have rocked the community after the Milwaukee County district attorney declined to prosecute a police officer who shot a man whom authorities say was armed. Night after night this month, crowds attacked cop cars, looted, and broke windows in neighborhoods across the community.

“They were sweeping up the glass as I was talking to them,” Lee, a Republican and director of outreach ministry at Northwest Baptist Church, says in

Brian Reisinger is a writer and conservative operative who has served as spokesman for U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Ron Johnson and for former governor Scott Walker. He currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Platform Communications, a Midwestern-based strategic-communications firm.

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