Former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Margaret Farrow, a pioneer for women in Wisconsin politics, is wondering why any woman would support Josh Kaul, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, after he accepted a donation from Assembly Minority leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh).
“I don’t know why any politician who is trying to win the support from women voters would take money from Gordon Hintz,” said Farrow. “Kaul can say he respects women, but by cashing Gordon Hintz’ check, his actions indicate otherwise.”
Hintz was arrested in 2011 in a prostitution sting at the Heavenly Touch Massage Parlor in Appleton, WI. He pleaded no contest to sexual misconduct and paid a fine of $2,032.
In 2011, Hintz was also heavily criticized for telling a female legislative colleague during the Act 10 debate, “You’re f—ing dead!” He apologized after the incident became public.
Despite these issues with women and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Assembly Democrats voted unanimously to make Hintz their leader in 2017. In an interview on UpFront with Mike Gousha just prior to being chosen as the Assembly Minority Leader, Hintz was asked about his temperament. “When I’m upset it’s usually because I’m upset,” Hintz told Gousha. “There’s good ways it comes out and bad ways it comes out.”
On August 7, 2018, Hintz donated $250 from his campaign account to Kaul. Kaul’s campaign did not respond to two emails asking for a comment.
“Not only is Mr. Kaul showing poor judgement by associating himself with Gordon Hintz, he’s now profiting from that relationship,” said Farrow. “Every year thousands of young women are victims of human trafficking and many are thrust into prostitution by their captors. Someone who wants to be the state’s top cop should not be accepting funds from the likes of Representative Hintz.”
Farrow was appointed the first woman lieutenant governor by former Acting Governor Scott McCallum (R-WI) in 2001. Before that, she served in local and state government for 30 years.