Last month I noted the rather extensive history of criminal convictions of David VanderLeest, a Republican who not only led the recall effort against Democratic State Sen. Dave Hansen but who has also indicated he’ll run as a candidate against Hansen in a recall election.
While VanderLeest has attempted to explain away his criminal and court history as “marital problems” and “financial difficulties,” police reports obtained from the Green Bay Police Department (see below) seem to paint a very different picture, one of an abusive husband who engaged in physically assaultive behavior towards his wife.
However, as if David VanderLeest’s criminal record and court history weren’t indicative enough of his poor decision-making, it appears his significant other has an even more troubling criminal record and court history, including the following criminal convictions:
- 2009: Battery, Theft-Movable Property <=$2500, and Criminal Trespass to Dwelling,Escape-Criminal Arrest, (a class H felony)
- 2003: Disorderly Conduct (2 cases), Neglecting a Child, Knowingly Violate a Domestic Abuse Order (2 cases)
- 2002: 2 counts of Failure to Support a Child (<120 days)
- 4 convictions for Operating While under Influence
If I were a voter up in the 30th State Senate District, I’d have to seriously question David VanderLeest’s decision-making ability, especially considering he wants to be elected to a position of great authority.