Earlier this week, we reported about Brad Schimel, the Republican candidate for Wisconsin State Attorney General, who was having a very bad, no good, couldn't get any worse week.. It turned out that Schimel had ties to the John Doe investigation into the corruption of Scott Walker and his staff. Schimel allowed a fellow Republican, Christopher Weismueller, to get off with a slap on the wrist for knowingly destroying evidence and lying to prosecutors.
The news was so bad that even the local corporate media giant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was forced to report about it.
But just when Schimel was thinking it couldn't get any worse, it did.
The paper also reported that Schimel said that he would have defended a ban against interracial marriages. As bad as that was for him to say, it was the hypocrisy of his rationale that is enough to cause a person to do a spit take:
As he discussed his stance on that issue last month on an Oshkosh cable access program, he was asked if it would have been his obligation to defend a ban on interracial marriage if he had been an attorney general in a state with such a law 60 years ago.
He sighed and said, "Yeah, it is."
"It might be distasteful to me ...but I've got to stay consistent with that — as the state's lawyer, it's not my job to pick and choose."
It is mind-boggling that he would say that just as it was coming out that he does indeed pick and choose which laws he is going to enforce.
Then again, it shouldn't be all that surprising since this is the same person who said that he had no qualms about the pay for play style of government that Scott Walker and is fellow Dark Money Republicans favor, calling it the "essence of representative government."
But wait! There's more. There's always more.
Another skeleton fell out of Schimel's closet when it was revealed that a Wisconsin advocacy group, One Wisconsin Now, filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board against Schimel, stating that Schimel illegally used campaign funds for personal use:
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A review of Schimel’s campaign finance reports by One Wisconsin Now found that between 2008 and 2012 on at least sixteen occasions he used campaign funds to directly pay babysitters, including family members.
Wisconsin Statutes 11.25(2)(a) states, “No person, committee or group may make or authorize a disbursement or the incurrence of an obligation from moneys solicited for political purposes for a purpose which is other than political…” The GAB has in the past interpreted this to mean that personal expenses cannot be paid for using campaign funds.
“Child care is a huge issue and expense for middle class and working families all across our state. But just like he thinks our democracy is supposed to work better for wealthy contributors, Brad Schimel believes he doesn’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else, letting his campaign contributors pick up the tab for his child care,” concluded Ross.
One might have thought that Schimel was running for Attorney General just because that is what the dark money special interests wanted.
Now it looks like he wants to run because that is the only way he knows he won't be prosecuted himself.