Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 10, 2022
MADISON — Empower Wisconsin is out with a new ad calling on Gov. Tony Evers to remove Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm from office.
The 15-second spot will air in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay television markets beginning today.
Titled “Fire John Chisholm,” the ad spotlight’s the DA’s role in setting free a Milwaukee man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more in Waukesha’s Christmas parade.
“He ran over the mother of his child, and District Attorney John Chisholm’s office gave him low bail. Days later he plowed through a Christmas parade killing six,” states the ad, featuring a photo of the suspect, Darrell Brooks Jr. and video clips of a red SUV barreling through the parade.
“Gov. Tony Evers can remove John Chisholm, but he’s not,” the spot states. It urges viewers to contact the governor’s office and “tell him to stand up for victims.”
More than three weeks after Milwaukee County residents filed a complaint with Evers accusing Chisholm of a “dereliction of duty,” Evers has yet to say whether he’ll open an investigation into the district attorney and his office.
Brooks was released from jail just days before he is accused of plowing his SUV into the parade on Nov. 21. The 39-year-old Milwaukee man had previously been charged with recklessly endangering safety after police say he ran over the mother of his child in the same SUV he drove into the Waukesha parade. Despite Brooks’ long and violent rap sheet, Chisholm’s assistant DA recommended Brooks be set free on $1,000 bail.
Chisholm has long been an advocate for liberal criminal justice reforms, and his office has been a leading player in Milwaukee County’s revolving door criminal justice system filled with repeat violent offenders.
Chisholm predicted his progressive policies would set killers free. “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2007. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”
Evers campaigned on liberal criminal justice policies, pledging to reduce Wisconsin’s prison population by half. In his most recent budget proposal, Evers called for eliminating felony bail-jumping penalties.
Leanne said she wants Gov. Tony Evers to remove Chisholm from office.
“What we saw was things that no one should ever see in their lives, or experience in their lives,” she told Empower Wisconsin.
Watch the ad here.