Wisconsin Department Of Justice, Inc.
December 5, 2014

Despite being completely inept and corrupt, Brad Schimel won the race for Wisconsin Attorney General.

It didn't take long for him to show he was not going to be any better as Attorney General than he was as a District Attorney when he announced Andrew Cook as his deputy secretary.

As reported by Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cook doesn't have an encouraging resume:

"Andrew was a key adviser to my campaign, where he displayed his broad knowledge of civil law and state government," Schimel said in a written statement. "He is a trusted adviser and his abilities will serve the Wisconsin Department of Justice well in protecting our citizens."

Cook is a contract lobbyist with the Hamilton Consulting Group and currently represents Walmart; Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's largest business lobbying group; 3M; Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin; Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity; Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers; the holding company for Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Lockridge Grindal Nauen, a law firm with offices in Minnesota and Washington, D.C.; Manitoba Hydro; Marathon Petroleum Company; Xcel Energy; Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, a group that successfully pushed legislation making it harder to bring civil lawsuits; Wisconsin Defense Counsel; and the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association.

Cook also is the president of the Madison chapter of the Federalist Society, an influential national group of conservative lawyers.

Cook has worked for six years as a lobbyist for Hamilton. Before that, he was counsel for the Building Industry Association of Washington. He also was an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he worked on environmental issues. Schimel defeated Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 election.

Something tells me that the people of Wisconsin can't expect any help from this direction in fighting the impending Right to Work for Less legislation. I would also hazard to guess that consumer protection laws will soon become a thing of the past.

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