Trump ally who backed efforts to decertify 2020 Wisconsin election results running for state Senate

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- State Rep. Janel Brandtjen, known to many for promoting conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election, has announced her candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Alberta Darling.

Rep. Bradtjen joins State Rep. Dan Knodl who serves the 24th district as another prominent Republican running for Darling's seat.

Brandtjen was booted from the Wisconsin Assembly Elections Committee after openly embracing conspiracy theories, including efforts to decertify President Joe Biden's victory in Wisconsin. Her new campaign webpage embraces these moves.

Unafraid to ruffle feathers in the political establishment and serve constituents over Madison party bosses, some have attacked her independence from legislative ‘leadership’- but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

The special election to name a new senator will be a part of the 2023 Spring Election on April 4, 2023. A party primary will be held on Feb. 21, 2023.

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