Friday, April 11, 2014

4-12-14 ellis retiring from state senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Senate President Mike Ellis says the release of a secret recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the "tipping point" that made him decide not to seek re-election.  Ellis announced Friday that he would not run again, ending a 44-year career in the state Legislature.  The announcement came two days after the release of a hidden recording of Ellis during which he talks about illegally coordinating with a political action committee to smear his Democratic challenger.  Ellis says he had been thinking about not running for a while, but the video's release put him over the top.  The 73-year-old Ellis says he feels like he no longer fits in in the Senate.

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