In a bizarre turn of events, incumbent Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has started running a new ad attacking challenger Chris Larson for having ties to Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
No more Mr. Nice Guy for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
Abele, who spent about $2 million on an upbeat campaign in the primary election, launched his first TV attack ad against his challenger, state Sen. Chris Larson, on Wednesday. Larson narrowly edged Abele in the primary, and the two square off again in next month’s general election.
In the ad, Abele says that Larson “gobbled up money from big banks that caused the foreclosure crisis, then voted their way.” This is apparently a reference to Larson’s receipt of a $1,300 donation from JP Morgan Chase’s political action committee and $1,300 in contributions from a top Associated Bank official.
Then Abele’s ad tries to tie Larson, a Milwaukee Democrat, to Republican Scott Walker for his votes on some banking issues.
Here’s the ad in question, if you’re interested in watching.
What’s truly laughable about Abele’s attack ad attempting to tie Chris Larson to Scott Walker is the fact that Abele himself – who purports to be a Democrat – has some pretty close ties to Gov. Walker, as the photo below shows. In the photo Abele can be seen smiling ear to ear as Gov. Walker signs AB 85 into law. You might remember AB 85 as the bill that cut the pay and terms of office for Milwaukee County Supervisors, among other things.
The fact is there’s only one candidate running for Milwaukee County Executive with close ties to Scott Walker and Republicans in the Legislature, and that candidate is Chris Abele.