Monday, October 15, 2018

In Sunday debate, Schimel failed to feature his Foxconn friendliness

In Sunday,s debate, GOP AG Brad Schimel built his position on Foxconn around a legalistic, contract-centered "represent our client" argument.

The record shows that Schimel is a Foxconn booster, not only an attorney available to step in.

* Setting aside that he didn't define his client as 'the people of the state of Wisconsin,' let's remember that Schimel was a quick ideological and political backer of the project from its inception, as his campaign tweeted:
  Jul 27 Workers succeed and the economy thrives when we value individual freedom and opportunity above over-regulation and big government.

I had included Schimel's quick political support for the project in the Foxconn Fever archive I have been posting since June, 2017.

* And before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a related to a separate development in Eau Claire, Schimel again took a supportive position about Foxconn beyond 'represent your client.'

From an official Department of Justice news release:

AG Schimel Defends Key Foxconn Incentive at Wisconsin Supreme Court

Dec 8 2017
MADISON, Wis. – This week, Attorney General Brad Schimel defended a key Foxconn incentive at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In the pending case of Voters With Facts v. City of Eau Claire, which was filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), Attorney General Schimel filed an amicus brief opposing WILL’s lawsuit and supporting Wisconsin’s tax-increment financing (TIF) law. WILL has argued that the TIF law is unconstitutional, thereby potentially putting at risk many TIFs in Wisconsin, including the upcoming Foxconn project.

“Wisconsin law unequivocally allows local cities and towns to use TIFs to promote economic development, and this law is plainly constitutional,” said Attorney General Schimel. “The attorney general’s job is to defend Wisconsin law, and defending the law in this particular case is critical to the success of Foxconn.”

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