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Alex Lasry Files To Run for Senate

Bucks VP is one of many Democrats interested in seat.

By - Feb 16th, 2021 11:33 pm
Alex Lasry. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.

Alex Lasry. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.

Alex Lasry, Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president, filed a statement of candidacy and formed a campaign committee Tuesday to run for U.S. Senate.

Lasry is seeking the seat currently held by Ron Johnson, a Republican. Johnson, first elected in 2010, has not said whether he will run again in 2022.

A native of New York, Lasry’s father Marc co-owns the Milwaukee Bucks and is a prominent Democratic donor. The younger Lasry moved to Milwaukee after Lasry and Wesley Edens, hedge fund managers, purchased the team from former Senator Herb Kohl in 2014.

Lasry, 33, worked in the White House for Valerie Jarrett, an aide to President Barack Obama, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

He became the source of controversy in late January when it was revealed he received a COVID-19 vaccine. He called the matter “pure happenstance” and said it was a result of his pregnant wife getting a call from her uncle, a rabbi at a senior living facility, that there were vaccine doses that would spoil if not used at the end of a day.

Lasry was prominently involved in the city’s bid for the Democratic National Convention and served as finance chair for the host committee.

He’s one of many Democrats interested in the seat. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson has officially declared. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski are rumored to be interested.

UPDATE: In a video uploaded after Urban Milwaukee published this article, Lasry is endorsed by Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, Common Council President Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, and prominent local Democrats Martha Love and Khary Penebaker.

If elected Lasry would be the youngest member of the Senate. He is five months younger than the current youngest member, Jon Ossoff.

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5 thoughts on “Alex Lasry Files To Run for Senate”

  1. GodzillakingMKE says:

    Great another millionaire.

  2. Jaimcb says:

    Which of the named elected officials has received donations from the senior Lasry?

  3. Jaimcb says:

    I’m not against Lasry because he’s a rich guy but I will hold him to a higher standard because he’s a rich guy.

  4. Mingus says:

    You would expect someone who is serious about running for an elective office to be very aware of constructing their public image. When the public sees the image of “rich kid cutting line for vaccine and publicizing it on Facebook”, you would have concerns about his judgment even though the vaccine opportunity was “happenstance”.

  5. Keith says:

    The timing of this announcement so soon after his jumping in line ahead of seniors to get the vaccine shows how tone deaf this carpet bagger is. What would his résumé look like if he hadn’t picked his parents so well?

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