Johnson: Milwaukee Mayor, Wisconsin governor need to help with RNC protest zone | Wisconsin

(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. senator wants Milwaukee’s mayor to move the protest zone for next month’s RNC.

Sen. Ron Johnson was on UpFront on Milwaukee television over the weekend, and he said Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Gov. Tony Evers need to get involved and try to get the U.S. Secret Service to move the RNC’s planned protest zone.

“I’d like to see Mayor Johnson step up to the plate or demand change as well. Again, this is in all of our best interests. Gov. Evers ought to be demanding change as well. As you know, obviously, the Republican Party we’re asking for this concern to be addressed,” Johnson said.

He called the protest zone’s placement in Pere Marquette Park, about a quarter of a mile from the Fiserv Forum convention site, “ridiculous.”

“I’m concerned about the U.S. Secret Service now kind of digging their heels in right now,” Johnson said. “That has to be addressed. That has to be changed.”

Johnson and RNC planners have said for months that the protest zone is too close to the Republican National Convention site. They worry that keeping the protest zone where it is will lead to unnecessary trouble.

Johnson said it’s in Milwaukee’s best interest to make sure there isn’t any trouble next month. Milwaukee welcomes the Republican National Convention on July 15.

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