OK. The Jo Egelhoff piece is pretty funny. But seriously: how long did it take --really -- to dig up that stuff, given at least part of it was probably passed to you from one oppo type or another?
I mean, surely you could have found time while working on this story to figure out who exactly leaked the Milwaukee Police Department Special Investigations Unit report on "voter fraud." As the Brawler and others have tirelessly pointed out, the report was leaked in an effort to taint the upcoming election and raise fears of voter fraud (there was nothing new and precious little "fraud" and a lot of bloviating in the report).
Why is this important? Because, as the latest Shepherd Express points out, the report has been used as justification by the U.S. Department of Justice to get involved in Milwaukee County's affairs. More to the point, some cops will be involved in monitoring elections. Will the ones who authored/leaked the report be among them? We don't know -- because you won't tell us!
From the Shepherd Express:
Just days after filing suit, the Milwaukee County Election Fraud Task Force was announced, and the DOJ’s involvement, not surprisingly, raised eyebrows.
Kevin St. John, spokesman for the DOJ, said there’s nothing unusual about the DOJ’s role in Milwaukee County’s election task force, even though his office does not have similar roles in Wisconsin’s other 71 counties. Milwaukee County is the most populous—and a solidly Democratic—county in the state, and is estimated to have tens of thousands of new voters this year.
St. John said the DOJ’s involvement was warranted in Milwaukee because of the report created by the MPD’s Special Investigations Unit detailing allegations of voter fraud in the November 2004 election. “That report indicated a number of instances where maybe you wouldn’t have what it would take to bring a criminal charge, which has an extraordinarily high burden of proof, but where there were election irregularities,” St. John said.
But that MPD report—which was leaked to the media earlier this year, not officially released by MPD Chief Edward Flynn—did not turn up voting irregularities overlooked by other investigations. It did go one step further by advocating for legislative changes that could depress voting in the city—ending Election Day voter registration and requiring a photo ID at the polls. These two policy changes have long been advocated by the Republican Party.
The MPD did not respond to requests for comment for this article, so it is not known if the officers involved in drafting and releasing the report will be involved in the task force.
Dan -- this should be your story. Why does the Shepherd Express have to ask questions you should be asking?