By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Three weeks after Gov. Tony Evers received an official complaint asking him to investigate the conduct of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the governor has yet to say what he plans to do.
The silence is growing deafening for victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre and lawmakers who have urged Evers to remove Chisholm on “dereliction of duty” charges.
Sen. Julian Bradley (R-Franklin), one of 16 Waukesha-area lawmakers to sign letters asking Evers to act, is doubtful the Democrat will hold fellow liberal Chisholm and his office accountable.
“Tony Evers right now is putting off doing the right thing with John Chisholm because that’s his buddy, and that’s a shame,” Bradley told Empower Wisconsin Wednesday after he unveiled a package of bills that would rein in the practice of low bail for repeat offenders.
Chisholm is under fire after admitting that his office recommended “inappropriately low” bail for Darrell Brooks Jr. just days before the career violent criminal is accused of driving into the parade, killing six and wounding 60. An assistant district attorney, recommended $1,000 bail for the convicted sex offender after he was charged with running over the mother of his child in early November.
Evers said he couldn’t open an investigation into Chisholm and his office until he received a verified complaint from a Milwaukee County resident. He got one from multiple Milwaukee County residents on Dec. 17. Evers has been mostly silent ever since, although it appears much of the mainstream media has stopped asking him the question.
Evers’ office did not return Empower Wisconsin’s request for comment Wednesday.
Bradley said actions speak louder than words. What the governor does with Chisholm and the bail reform package will speak volumes, he said.