Evers gets State Patrol protection following weekend threat out of Barron Co.

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UPDATE: We are learning more about a threat aimed at gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers.

According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, a 23-year-old man was brought in for questioning about a threatening Facebook post aimed at Evers. The man was not arrested.

Evers will have protection up until the election.


Madison (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers started receiving security protection from the Wisconsin State Patrol following an unspecified “issue” from the weekend.

Evers’ campaign manager Maggie Gau said Wednesday that Evers started receiving protection from the patrol’s Dignitary Protection Unit this week. She referred questions about what motivated the move to the State Patrol.

A spokesman for the patrol said he was looking into the issue but had no immediate information.

Evers is locked in a tight re-election contest with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Both candidates were traveling the state Wednesday, six days before the Nov. 6 election.

Walker, as have past governors, receives protection from the State Patrol. Candidates for governor typically do not get that protection.

The move to cover Evers comes after high-profile Democrats across the country were sent mail bombs.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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