After battling with my connection last night, I decided to just go to bed and read. Imagine my surprise when the phone rings at 10:00. No one calls us after 9, unless there is an emergency! My first thought: Something has happened to Mr. Ol’ Broad, and his sister is calling me to let me know. Second, something has happened to either my daughter, or one of the kids and Ick is trying to get a hold of me.
Well, it turns out that is was actually the Mr. He thought I’d be interested to know about this:
Yes, I was quite interested. I don’t get my jollies with the misery or misfortune of others, unlike the McJackson duo. However, in this case…….I might make an exception.
Ald. Michael McGee was arrested Monday by Milwaukee police in a case that is being jointly investigated by federal and state authorities, officials said Monday.
McGee is under investigation on potential public corruption charges, according to sources familiar with the probe, which has been placed under seal. Further details are expected to be announced today during a joint news conference by U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.
“Potential corruption charges”. Well, if his public behavior is any indication, ‘potential’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Police Department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz confirmed the arrest late Monday. He was still in custody Monday night.
“We arrested Alderman McGee and are referring all calls on the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office,” Schwartz said.
Michelle Jacobs, first assistant U.S. attorney, said Monday that she could not comment on the case but details would be forthcoming today.
Chisholm said he could not comment because the case is under seal.
I’m going to take a wild stab (since I honestly don’t know), and say under seal means there’s some sort of gag put on folks so they can’t talk about it….yet?
FBI special agent Monica Shipley confirmed that the bureau’s local office is involved in the investigation but said she could not comment further.
The FBI eh? Hmmmm….
Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines said he learned of the arrest from police and knew nothing of the details.
“It is an unfortunate situation that he (McGee) faces, but his unfortunate incident will not interfere with the council’s ability to do its job,” Hines said.
McGee has long been a center of controversy.
‘Controversy’ is a rather polite way of putting.
Just last month, he defeated a recall, garnering 64% of the votes in an eight-person race. The two strongest opponents were former city development official Una Van Duvall and recall organizer ViAnna Jordan. According to campaign finance reports, McGee spent $10,185 on this race, with some of it going to workers paid to do “campaign field work.”
The results, of course, which made all thinking people question the sanity of those living in his district.
The recall also prompted a Milwaukee County court commissioner to issue a restraining order against McGee after former Milwaukee School Board member Leon Todd, who was running Jordan’s campaign, told the commissioner he feared for his life. McGee said during a radio broadcast that Todd should be “hung” for his “betrayal of the community,” resulting in a flurry of calls cursing and threatening Todd.
At the time, another McGee attorney, Bill Baldon, said McGee was not urging violence but was simply engaging in political discourse.
A real class act, this guy. (sarcasm….obviously) It’s only urging violence if someone else does it, right?
McGee also caught authorities’ attention in May 2006 when he petitioned to legally change his name to McGee, saying that his name at birth was really Michael I. Jackson. He later withdrew the petition, but by then the state Department of Transportation’s fraud unit had launched an investigation. The department determined that the alderman had held driver’s licenses in both names. His license with the Jackson name had been revoked in March 2000. When the state determined that McGee and Jackson were the same person in June 2006, the McGee license was revoked, as well.
I can’t figure out why they didn’t arrest his sorry ass when all this mess came out. Seems pretty obvious to me that having two SS numbers and two driver’s licenses, in different names, is illegal. I couldn’t get away with that, and neither could any other law abiding citizen. Only sleaze balls get to do things like that.
In May 2006, he was arrested on allegations of threatening to kill Kimley Rucker, a woman with whom he has since admitted having an extramarital affair. Rucker, who later gave birth to McGee’s child, and her attorney claimed McGee threatened her in open court after a hearing on a domestic abuse restraining order, saying that “if you drive by my house, I’m going to kill your ass.” Prosecutors considered charges of disorderly conduct and violation of a domestic-abuse injunction against McGee in connection with the alleged statement, but he was not charged.
I never have been able to figure out just why he wasn’t charged. It wasn’t like there weren’t any witnesses. Sheesh!
The arrest prompted a protest in which five other people were arrested. McGee pleaded no contest to a municipal charge of resisting and obstructing an officer and paid a forfeiture of $103.50. In return, the City of Wauwatosa dropped a second municipal charge of disorderly conduct.
A gang of McJackon thugs, no doubt.
Well, we shall see what happens. Since McGee has been so slippery in the past, I’m not going to hold my breath that he’ll actually do any time. I’d suggest that they move any trial out of Milwaukee County, like say, down to Douglas County?