Scott Michalak, the candidate that ran against Joel Kleefisch in 2012, told me about the way he was wronged by people that represent the Democratic Party in his area. I also know that the leadership at the State level of the Democratic Party did not know of these actions against him as they occurred. Jeff Christensen was Chair of the 5th Congressional District when these problems occured, and he is currently running for 2nd Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and his opponent is Jamie Shiner, from Brown County.
Here is Scott Michalak’s story.
On October 1 2012, I was asked by Jeff Christensen to suspend my campaign. The reason why is because 14 years ago my ex wife made the allegation during our divorce that I had physically abused my daughter and pet dog. Those allegations were false and proven to be so in a court of law, and the charges were dropped 14 years ago. Jeff told me that I should suspend my campaign because this would hurt me and the party in the court of public opinion. I told him that I was innocent and proven to be in a court of law. So much in fact that my ex wife signed custody of 2 of my 3 girls 2 years after our divorce. What ensued after I told Jeff I refused was disgraceful. I was shunned from going to party events, including a time that me and my mother being told we couldn’t attend a Tammy Baldwin event in my district .My 75 year old mother, a life long Democrat who only wanted to get a picture of her son with a senator. I was told to go home from an Oconomowoc Dems meeting. I will never forget the tears from my mothers eyes the day we were told to go home. The Watertown office called other donors in my district to get funding for other Dem assembly candidates. A special expert in this field was assigned by the party who looked into our case and interviewed my wife, daughter, and mother and found no reason why I couldn’t continue my campaign. The only thing I am guilty of is a terrible first marriage and messy divorce. Jeff Christensen, Erin Sievert you made my family and my life a living hell in October 2012. You humiliated me and my family, you defunded my campaign, and you put an elderly woman to tears. You did this without the knowledge of Mike Tate or Jacob Hajdu acting almost like a cell within a cell. You people aren’t fit for the positions you hold let alone a promotion by election. I have tried several times to take care of this behind closed doors, but to no avail. My political career may be over. Congratulations you people ended it without Republicans or Joel Kleefisch ever firing a single shot. I received nearly 40 % of the vote and turned some republican areas blue from 2010. I don’t know if I would have won but I sure as hell would have like to have tried.