The Republican Party of Wisconsin put at least $42,500 on cable behind a TV ad accusing Gov. Tony Evers of sleeping through the protests that turned violent around the state Capitol earlier this summer.

The party declined to discuss any details of the ad after announcing it yesterday afternoon. But FCC files show at least a $42,500 buy in the Milwaukee and Green Bay markets through Aug. 26.

The ad opens with video showing Evers’ eyes drooping. The narrator in the spot says Evers “has slept through a lot: violence, fires, looting, people beaten, property destroyed” as video is shown from the protest. The narrator then says Evers is guarded by police “around the clock” so he didn’t “lose any sleep while rioters unleashed firebombs, forcing 911 dispatchers to leave their posts.”

The ad goes on to say the guv’s “cronies plan to strip funding for law enforcement, and you can bet Tony Evers won’t lose a minute of sleep over that.”

Evers has said he doesn’t support cutting police funding as some protesters have demanded.

The ad comes on the heels of the latest Marquette University Law School Poll showing 57 percent of registered voters approve of how Evers is doing his job, while 37 percent disapprove.

See the state GOP release here.

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