In a closely watched Milwaukee County judicial race, Fox Point lawyer [and municipal judge] J.D. Watts Tuesday narrowly defeated Daniel Gabler, a prosecutor whose aggressive campaign ads and fliers cost him early supporters and prompted a formal complaint after the primary.Gabler produced some strange full-color fliers in advance of the February primary, including one showing him positioned sternly beside a Milwaukee County police cruiser, and another that accused his two opponents of "hav[ing] a record of defending criminals."
One of those opponents, Ronald Dague, is a colleague of Gabler's in the district attorney's office, and has been a prosecutor ever since his law school internship there. He's never "defended a criminal."
Or even represented a civil defendant.
Gabler later conceded that he [Gabler] had represented two criminal defendants earlier in his career.Dague lodged a complaint, and a special prosecutor out of Kenosha County declined to file the charge on a theory that Milwaukee voters were better positioned to admonish Gabler than was a jury.
Turns out he was right about that, but it's not much of a remedy for Ronald Dague, who lost in the primary and wasn't on yesterday's ballot. A jury would have heard quite a bit more about the case.
Anyway, it was probably one of the fliers' photo of Daniel Gabler shaking hands with a smiling Scott Walker that did him in.