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Schimel reaches out to Dems in victory speech

PEWAUKEE -- Newly elected AG Brad Schimel offered an olive branch to Democrats and a harsh warning about the drug trade in his victory speech Tuesday night.

Speaking to supporters at the Country Springs Hotel, the Republican Waukesha County DA said he appreciated the 90 fellow DAs and sheriffs who endorsed him, but he vowed to work with all 71 DAs and 72 sheriffs -- including Jefferson County DA Susan Happ, the Democrat whom he defeated.

"I'm proud of her for running," Schimel said. "We're all going to work together to put public safety ahead of politics."

And as he works with those other prosecutors and sheriffs, Schimel said, their shared target will be Wisconsin's growing heroin trade.

"Tonight, I am putting the drug dealers on notice," Schimel said. "You are Public Enemy No. 1 for the Wisconsin attorney general's office."

Earlier, Schimel backers applauded Happ's televised concession speech, booing only when she said Schimel and the news media didn't focus on the issues in the race. In his own speech, Schimel said, "We ran an issues-based campaign that earned bipartisan support."

Among the supporters present was Republican Eric Severson, elected unopposed Tuesday as Waukesha County's new sheriff.

"I'm ecstatic," Severson said. "I think it's great for the state of Wisconsin. I have tremendous respect for Brad."

Before Schimel spoke, his classic rock band, 4 On The Floor, serenaded him with "I Feel Good," changing one lyric to "We got Brad." Once he was done speaking, Schimel picked up his bass guitar and rocked out with his bandmates.

-- By Larry Sandler
For WisPolitics.com


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