Former Rep. Scott Jensen creeps into the Larson-Plale race

While tonight’s not an easy one to do blogging in for me, this is worth noting. Brookfield’s finest former Republican state legislator (well,  one a state legislator, always a Republican) Scott Jensen has started raising money for incumbent Democrat-on-paper state senator Jeff Plale. Dan Bice broke of word it today, which Jim Rowen rightfully described as a bombshell. As Bice wrote,

“Once one of the two most powerful figures in the statehouse, Jensen disappeared from the Wisconsin political landscape when he was charged in 2002 with misconduct in public office as part of the state caucus scandal…

“Jensen was one of several Capitol lawmakers from both parties charged with running campaigns with taxpayer resources. But unlike the others caught up in the scandal, he avoided a plea deal and took the matter to trial, where he was convicted of three felonies and one misdemeanor ethics violation. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison but was allowed to remain free while appealing the case.”

Folks from Dane County are interested in this. Deke Rivers and Forward Lookout both have taken a look at this, Ditto Madison’s Isthmus, which has also been watching the challenge to Plale since it started, now has an interview with Chris Larson.

Frankly, I’m not at all surprised to see this from Plale. He’s scared, and trying to bring the big guns out to do the dirty work for him. And in true Plale style, this latest twist is not even from Plale. I can see him now gibbering about it—”It’s my supporters that are doing this, not me! I’ve got no part in it!”

Just like how he was shocked, shocked! when word came from his voucher friends that Plale’s former opponent had voted twice in the 2000 election. He just wishes he could find something like that to use against Larson and ensure another victory without his exerting much effort.

Unfortunately, it won’t work that way this time, ol’ buddy.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.