Disgraced former Speaker of the Assembly Scott Jensen reemerged into the public eye last week, showing up at the Capitol to testify in support of a deeply flawed bill in the Assembly on behalf of his secretive pro-school voucher group that has spent an estimated $4.4 million on Republican candidates since 2010.
This reemergence was only made possible by a sweetheart deal given to him by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel – the same man who wants to be the next Attorney General.
After being convicted on multiple felony counts for political corruption, Jensen tied the courts up in appeals for ten years and was granted a new trial. Jensen then got his former GOP colleagues to change state law so that his case could go back to his handpicked prosecutor – Brad Schimel.
Brad Schimel gave him a sweet heart deal, refused to prosecute him and now all of Jensen’s felony convictions have gone away.
Now Brad Schimel wants to be the Attorney General. With Scott Walker and his Republican allies facing a second criminal corruption probe into illegal campaign coordination, Schimel has already voiced his support for changing the John Doe procedures in the state.
“Brad Schimel already proved once that he’ll make deals for Republican powerbrokers,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Monday. “If elected attorney general, would Brad Schimel do the same thing for Scott Walker that he did for Scott Jensen – make those pesky problems just all go away?”