Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday he is running for a second term.
“As a nearly 30-year prosecutor and Wisconsin’s Attorney General I’ve been on the front lines in the battle against opioid and drug abuse, human trafficking and killing over-reaching regulations that stall job growth,” Schimel said in a released statement. “During my time as Attorney General, I’ve pushed for harsh penalties for violent and career criminals and will continue to be a tough, fair and independent voice for Wisconsin families.”
Schimel has been the attorney general since 2015. He faces a potentially tough challenge from Josh Kaul, an attorney with Perkins Coie, the Democratic law firm that was responsible for the creation of the Russian dossier about President Donald Trump as part of a Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton opposition research effort.
Schimel was elected attorney general in 2014 by defeating scandal-plagued Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, 51.5 percent to Happ’s 45.4 percent.
Schimel’s campaign announcement was accompanied by a new campaign video highlighting his efforts against violent crime, human trafficking, and the abuse of seniors:
Schimel recently announced a lawsuit by his office and 19 other states against the individual mandate in Obamacare. In addition, Schimel has also fought EPA regulations that would harm Wisconsin’s economy.
Schimel’s report on the John Doe investigations has led to the removal of the heads of the state Ethics Commission and the state Elections Commission and the pursuit of contempt charges against others who were involved in the illegal investigation of conservative organizations. It was Schimel’s report that uncovered the file marked “opposition research” containing emails between state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) and her daughter about a medical issue.
In December, Schimel was a guest on the RightWisconsin Conversations podcast, which you can listen to below: