Democratic U.S. Senate candidates make French Island campaign stops to talk unions, PFAS

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A Wisconsin Democrat running for U.S. Senate stopped by French Island to criticize another Democratic candidate.

Tom Nelson spoke outside the future Amazon delivery station to condemn Sarah Godlewski’s use of a polling firm that Nelson says assisted Amazon in efforts to stop employees from unionizing.

Nelson says Godlewski spent more than $126,000 with Global Strategy Group to do polling and research.

“If you have to spend $120,000, think about that, $120,000 to figure out what is on the mind of Wisconsin voters, maybe you should think twice about running for the U.S. Senate in the first place,” said Nelson.

Nelson says Godlewski’s use of the polling firm shows she and other Democrats aren’t standing up for Wisconsin’s working families.

Meanwhile, Godlewski was also in the Town of Campbell as part of her Wisconsin Water Campaign tour.

She responded to Nelson’s criticism, saying her parents were union workers and she grew up in a strong, pro-union family.

“I’ve been fighting for unions as State Treasurer, I’ve signed letters against what Amazon was doing in Kenosha,” said Godlewski. “My pollster is a Wisconsinite, born and raised in Milwaukee and has helped people like Tammy Baldwin, and has a record of helping on good, progressive values.”

Godlewski is traveling across the state visiting communities impacted by unsafe drinking water.

She recently released a policy plan called Make Wisconsin Water Safe, with plans to protect waterways and drinking water, including plans for PFAS mitigation.

“We know, right now, there are no real, clean ways to clean up PFAS, and so how exactly can we be investing in to make sure that we have the resources and the human capital to be able to do this,” said Godlewski.

Godlewski says she wants to hold corporations accountable to help clean up PFAS chemicals.

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