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Mon March 10, 2014

Richards Questions A.G.'s Office Work in Milw. Co. Probe

Jon Richards(D-Milwaukee)
Credit Wisconsin.gov
  A Democrat running for Attorney General says he would have been more aggressive in pursuing investigations into what went on in the Milwaukee County Executive's office when Scott Walker was in charge. Jon Richards of Milwaukee is a legislator and lawyer. He stopped in Rhinelander recently on a campaign swing. Richards says  Republican Attorney General  J.B. Van Hollen's office should have been more involved in the investigation that led to criminal charges....  "...that investigation led to six felony convictions, ranging from people stealing from veteran's funds to people trying to solicit sex from children on public time. Now there's a second round of investigations and you have Democratic and Republican prosecutors that have come to the Department of Justice asking for help to investigate that and they've been denied..." Richards says the A.G. should be a strong public advocate...  "....make sure that if you're a consumer you're getting a fair shake...if you're someone that needs healthcare that you have access to it...that if you're someone concerned about clean and open government that you have someone there that is going to hold people accountable when things go wrong in government, and that applies whether you are a Democrat or Republican..." Van Hollen announced he would not seek another term. Two other Democrats are running, Susan Happ of Jefferson and Ismael Ozanne of Madison. Brad Schmiel is the only Republican candidate.