Is this really the best the GOP could find to run for an open assembly seat in Northern Wisconsin? And the second question is this the best the Iron County Republicans can produce for their county chair?
Jamey Francis — a legislative candidate from northern Wisconsin — says he wishes he could just forget his 2006 theft conviction.
“It’s nothing I’m proud about,” said Francis, a Hurley Republican who is running against Democratic candidate Beth Meyers to represent the 74th District in the state Assembly. Rep. Janet Bewley, an Ashland Democrat who currently holds the seat, is running for an open Senate seat.
But Francis — the Iron County Republican Party chairman — acknowledges the facts of the case.
In 2005, he was charged with a felony count of using a woman’s Visa check card to make a handful of purchases, including to pay a $385 electric bill in June 2005 and to buy a $60 Boston Store gift card a month earlier.
The criminal charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor, to which Francis pleaded guilty. A Milwaukee County Circuit judge ordered Francis to spend two days at the House of Correction, pay $609.73 in restitution, perform 20 hours of community service and go on probation for a year.
“It was a youthful error in my judgment,” the 32-year-old Hurley alderman said last week. “It took forever to get through the court process.”