The first television advertisements of the 2022 campaign cycle are on the air in Wisconsin.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday morning began a week’s worth of television and digital ads pounding Senator Ron Johnson for his role in fomenting doubts about President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the presidential election and tying the senator to last week’s riots at the Capitol.
With gruesome images of a Capitol Police officer being crushed by Trump supporters, the ad’s narrator cites an editorial published last week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that called Mr. Johnson “a leading member of the Senate’s Sedition Caucus” and demanded his resignation.
The state party is spending more than $100,000 to put the Johnson ad on the air in five Wisconsin TV markets and Washington, D.C., beginning Wednesday morning, and plans to keep it on television through Mr. Biden’s inauguration next week, according to Ben Wikler, the Wisconsin Democratic chairman.
Mr. Johnson has not confirmed that he will seek a third term in 2022. He initially said he would retire after two terms, but in the final days before the Nov. 3 election told The Times that “things have changed.”