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Wisconsin Democratic Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan Has Ethics Problem While Dating Payday Loan Lobbyist

February 1, 2010

Last week Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Sheridan acted liked the not-too smart police chief on South Park.  You have seen it before.  On South Park, there are bodies laying in the streets, and the town’s police chief always says “nothing to see here, move along.”   That is how Sheridan treated his Democratic caucus, his constituents, and the voters of Wisconsin.  The fact that there was a closed-door Democratic caucus last week with some angry members concerning a most important pending piece of legislation, the payday loan bill, was very much in the news.  Also there was the understory that was muted for the most part about the latest love interest of Speaker Sheridan.  In the midst of another divorce  for Sheridan, everyone with a connection to the Statehouse knew that a payday loan lobbyist was the center of his attention.  The problem is of course that as Assembly Speaker, the caucus and the bill in question, really needs to be his focal point. 

Everyone knew last week what was going on, and there was no wool to pull over anyone’s eyes anymore.  As such, I commented last week that he needed to fess up and move on.  The fact it took him a weekend to ante up I guess is not too long a wait, but the fact he thought he should wait at all is the part that irritates.   It is always best to get the facts out when even the cleaning staff at the Capital know what is going on. I am so tired of these types of stories about love, lust, or whatever that drives politicians to make less than stellar decisions.  At a time when important bills are pending, and a tight and rancorous election season approaches, I want all hands on deck leading a path to victory.  That certainly includes Speaker Sheridan.  One can’t do that however when their hands are in ethically challenged areas.  And that is exactly where Sheridan is.  It is not right.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan tells the Janesville Gazette newspaper that he has been dating a lobbyist for the payday loan industry even though a bill to increase regulations in that industry is pending in the Legislature.

Sheridan told the newspaper in a story published on Saturday that he didn’t believe the relationship with the lobbyist was inappropriate. 

Sheridan says he plans to steer a strong bill through the Legislature. 

He says he understands that his integrity is being questioned, but he would not compromise the bill for a personal relationship. 

Sheridan declined to identify the woman, saying he’s dated her for several months but doesn’t know whether he will again.

Did he just drop her as his date in a newspaper story? 

There might be a reason for his divorces.

4 Comments
  1. June 24, 2010 5:51 PM

    I just can say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what they Are talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it’s important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I can’t believe you’re not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  2. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    February 1, 2010 4:31 PM

    Let me guess the Payday Loan companies are ripping off the people going to them for up to 625% interest charges.

    Had the same problem in IL as well.

    In their graceful way the IL Legislature did a lot of nothing except give the old lip service.

    Hope it goes better there in WI.

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