Mike Ellis Will Not Seek Re-election This Fall FeaturedWritten by WIFreePolitics
Following Project Veritas' recent release of secretly recorded conversations by Republican Senate President Mike Ellis, the state senator has announced that he does not intend to run for re-election this fall.
Scott Kelly, spokesman for Ellis, confirmed that Ellis was concluding his 44-year legislative career, a decision that came just two days after Ellis was caught discussing the creation of a super PAC to attack his Democratic opponent, State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber. Such a move would be illegal under Wisconsin statute. Ellis said he did not pursue the idea after realizing it was illegal.
In a statement released by his office, Ellis had some parting comments as to the status of his departure, citing his pride in what the state had accomplished in his time of office but dismay at what he claimed was the increasing partisan nature of politics.
"Instead of being criticized from our opponents, independent thought is attacked by our own backyard. Like my dear friends, Tim Cullen, Bob Jauch, and Dale Schultz, I see that compromise is not valued in today's Capitol environment, and that means I don't fit in any more. Special interests hold too much sway instead of the voice of the people. I'm a senator from a different era, and I value my integrity too much to compromise it any more."
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