The red, white, and blue bus dubbed Rosie made its way through Washington County on Wednesday and guests from the National Federation of Republican Women were received a strong welcome in West Bend.
Carrie Almond, president of NFRW said she is traveling around the country to find and register Republican-leaning women to vote in the fall general election.
At the Washington County Republican Party Headquarters, Almond was met by former Assembly Majority Leader Patricia Strachota, assembly Rep. Dan Knodl, and state Senator Duey Stroebel along with about 30 other area conservatives.
The message was clear, “We’re going to engage Republican woman across the state,” said Almond.
She said ‘Rosie the bus’ was named after her grandmother. “She was an inspirational republican woman and an activist in Missouri,” Almond said.
Carolyn Turner with the Washington County Republican Women’s Club said her goal was to help Ron Johnson retain his seat in the U.S. Senate.
“Please help us get the word out about him,” she said. “Talk to your friends and neighbors about Ron.”
Johnson is being opposed by former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold.
Johnson’s wife Jane was at the gathering. “Ron really appreciates your support,” she said. “My husband and I are not politicians and it’s just really key that we have your support and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
The women will travel to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire and Maine, with stops in other states along the way.
Shortly after Memorial Day, the bus heads to Virginia and then preps for a summer of fairs, festivals and finding voters.