A judge has refused to release videos of Wisconsin Republican Attorney General candidate Brad Schmiel allegedly making numerous racist remarks at training seminars. The judge initially agreed the video should be released, but backtracked and reversed his own order in what appears to be an attempt to delay the release until after the election.
Democrats sued to obtain videos which they say show numerous “offensive remarks and racial slurs” at training seminars between 2009 and 2013.
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess initially ordered them released, but the DOJ appealed the decision, prompting Neiss to reverse his own order, saying the contents of the videos were not “particularly earth-shaking.”
Of course, as the videos would definitely be within the realm of public interest, the state Democratic Party urged the judge to revert to his initial decision.
“If the public does not have the opportunity to view these tapes by tomorrow, this case is mooted,”the Democratic Party’s attorney argued. However, Neiss said the Department of Justice had the right to appeal the issue.
“A further issue is whether the court improperly gave weight to public interest in discerning whether there is misconduct by public figures when the requesters themselves created the public interest in that controversy and provided no factual basis for it,” the state argued in its appeal.
While the judge found “zero evidence” to support the argument, he reversed the order anyway.
The Democratic Party — and voters — are right to be concerned. Just last month, Schmeil said he would have defended the state’s ban on interracial marriage, which was ruled unconstitutional in 1967, had he been Attorney General 60 years ago.
But racism isn’t the only issue with Schmeil — classism is also an issue. Schmeil railed against efforts to raise the minimum wage in October, explaining that fast food workers should get a “real job.”
Unfortunately, it seems as though corruption reigns supreme in Wisconsin.