Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is speaking out to Local 5 after three city aldermen learned that a complaint – alleging campaign finance law violations against them – was dropped over a year ago.
“A personal letter to me that I show the constituent at my house is not public knowledge. They could’ve looked into it themselves,” said Schmitt.
Schmitt is talking about a letter he received in February of 2016 that stated allegations against aldermen Tom DeWane, Chris Wery and Andy Nicholson – for violating campaign finance laws – had no merit.
Schmitt filed a complaint on behalf of a constituent in December of 2015 to Milwaukee County assistant district attorney, Bruce Landgraf.
“I think he should’ve filed charges, but I’m not the DA,” said Schmitt.
The letter eventually leaked to the public without the aldermen being aware that Landgraf wouldn’t even be conducting an investigation, even though Mayor Schmitt did know.
This all comes while Schmitt was under investigation for violating his campaign finances, which he eventually plead guilty to.
Wery, Nicholson and DeWane addressed the public on Tuesday and said that because Mayor Schmitt knew an investigation would not take place, he should’ve told them and the public once he received the letter from Landgraf.
“It’s been a year of us and our wives and our family and our parents, constantly taking questions about this for something that was never investigated – and that needs to be pounded home,” said Wery. “There was no investigation. I think all of you have probably seen social media the things that have been said and hinted at, and ‘ oh those guys are going after the mayor and they’re doing the same darn thing.’ Well, no.”
“We have a lot of projects coming up. A lot of it has to do with a lot of money from the City of Green Bay,” said DeWane. “I want to make sure people trust us, and we can’t do this with this type of behavior.”
When asked why the aldermen didn’t reach out to Landgraf themselves on the status of the complaint – they said they tried calling multiple times and got no response until they recently emailed him and then he finally responded.
The aldermen also assumed that if the complaint was in the hands of the assistant DA, that he would reach out to them regarding any developments.
This all comes prior to a hearing calling for the removal of Mayor Jim Schmitt from office on Monday, the 20th.