Madison, WI – Empower Wisconsin today announced the release of an ad calling on Gov. Tony Evers to remove Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm from office. The ad will air in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay television markets beginning today. Titled, “Fire John Chisholm,” the 15-second message spotlight’s Chisholm’s most egregious failure in his 15-year career as Milwaukee County’s top prosecutor. And it urges voters to tell the governor to “stand up for victims.”
“John Chisholm’s office recommended a scant $1,000 bail for the career violent criminal who would go on to be charged with callously driving through Waukesha’s Christmas parade, killing six people — including an 8-year-old boy — and injuring dozens of others. What should have been a joyous event turned into an absolute nightmare for the people of Waukesha, and John Chisholm and his soft-on-crime philosophy helped put in motion this senseless tragedy,” said Empower Wisconsin Executive Director Matt Kittle.
Darrell Brooks Jr. 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 walk on $1,000 bail. Despite Chisholm’s excuses, the liberal district attorney has spent his career letting violent criminals escape justice, criminals who went on to hurt more innocent people. Chisholm long ago 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.”
“Gov. Evers needs to act, and he needs to act now. Violent criminals are a danger to society, but so are district attorneys like John Chisholm who cheapen lives by letting repeat offenders loose on low or no bail to pray on the public,” Kittle added.
Watch the ad here.