|Rep. Christine Sinicki|
Meyer's campaign was one of the most negative and most unhinged ones I've ever seen. She made such wild and baseless accusations as saying Sincicki was weak on unions, was for school privatization and for things that Boss Abele had done to her neighborhood, like placing sexual predators two doors from her house while denying he was doing it. I easily refuted this craziness when I endorsed Sinicki.
Sadly, Meyer's campaign kept going downhill at breakneck speed. Zachary Wisniewski at Blogging Blue discovered that Meyer was a fake Democrat and that her top donor was a big Republican backer.
Then at a Sinicki fundraiser, Meyer's husband displayed some bizarre behaviors by stalking Sincki, asking Sinicki's husband to "step into the bathroom" and apparently challenging her son to a fight. Randy Bryce, at his brand new blog, Iron Stache, has video of some of Mr. Meyer's strange and disturbing behavior.
Because of this strange behavior and Mr. Meyer's past history of violence, police advised Sinicki to get a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Mr. Meyer, which she did.
Sinicki went on to easily win the race by a 60-40 margin.
However, when it came time for the court hearing to make the restraining order permanent, the case was dropped because Sinicki chose not to pursue it.
Apparently not understanding that she had been routed in the election, Meyer is still in campaign mode and used this to again attack Sinicki:
This morning, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner Susan Callies dismissed Rep. Christine Sinicki's request for a restraining order against her primary election opponent's husband, Michael Meyer. Rep. Sinicki did not appear in court to defend her allegations and the Temporary Restraining Order that was granted a day prior to the August 9th Primary Election was rescinded.Now this may come as a surprise to the gentle reader, but Meyer was lying out of her teeth once again.
Rep. Sinicki claimed that Michael Meyer was harassing her based on his presence at the Humboldt Park Beer Garden on Friday, August 5, 2016, where Sinicki was hosting a public fundraiser. She claimed that Meyer contacted her friends and neighbors claiming that Rep. Sinicki was "peeking into his daughters (sic) windows" and that he threatened her son by saying,"if you're feeling froggy, sir, just jump." Video of the incident shows that Sinicki's son instigated the confrontation.
Sinicki's 20th District Democratic Primary opponent, Julie Meyer, stated, "this personal attack on my family has no place in politics. Rep. Sinicki has abused the deference courts give to victims of harassment by demanding a Temporary Restraining Order for political gain."
Rep. Sinicki's request for a harassment restraining order was filed under oath, but contains multiple false accusations and defamatory statements. Rep. Sinicki claims she was encouraged to file for a restraining order by the same District 6 police officer that her primary opponent, Julie Meyer, had previously filed a formal complaint against.
"If Wisconsin Democrats believe this type of behavior is an acceptable political tactic, it will be repeated until there is a change in the law that prohibits this conduct. However, any additional legal restrictions would also endanger victims of domestic abuse, so I am calling on Chairman Robert Hansen and all Milwaukee County Democratic Party leaders to unequivocally denounce Rep. Sinicki's deplorable behavior to ensure that this type of political attack never happens again," Julie Meyer said.
Michael Meyer explained that "Representative Sinicki's restraining order references a horrible incident involving our neighbor, who happened to be a police officer, that verbally assaulted my 13-year-old daughter. It is no coincidence that the police officer that Rep. Sinicki sought out for her restraining order was the same officer that my wife filed an official complaint against for covering up our neighbor's offensive conduct."
"My wife had nothing to do with that incident and I am outraged that our State Representative would seek out a person that caused so much damage to my family to use in a political attack against her," Michael Meyer said.
Sinicki was kind enough to send me the press release she issued in response:
“Despite the fact that the fall primary results have been in more than a week, apparently Ms. Meyer and her campaign manager, disgruntled organizer Dennis Hughes, seem to have missed the fact that the race is over. They act as if the campaign is still going on.It's obvious that the voters in the 20th Assembly District chose wisely when they overwhelmingly reelected Sinicki. I just hope that the Meyers seek out the help they so obviously need to that they can move on and enjoy their lives.
“In fact, their continued complaints and protests are so loud, it looks like they are trying to obscure their own bad behavior during the primary campaign they lost. That behavior includes harassment by Ms. Meyer’s spouse, Michael Meyer, of Rep. Sinicki, her family members, and supporters, including local elected officials, at a Sinicki Campaign fundraiser.
“After the incidents at the fundraiser, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) informed Rep. Sinicki that Ms. Meyer’s spouse, Michael Meyer, is someone whose menacing behavior should be taken seriously, based on his known history. Acting upon advice by the MPD, she was granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to prevent Michael Meyer from further harassing her family, her supporters or herself during the rest of her campaign.
“After the election, Ms. Meyer asked Rep. Sinicki to agree not to seek to make the TRO permanent against Michael Meyer. Rep. Sinicki asked to talk to her in person, which happened earlier this week. During that conversation, the Representative agreed to her request, with the caveat that if her husband from this point on exhibits any more such behavior, then Rep. Sinicki will seek permanent reinstatement of the restraining order (RO). (This would mean Mr. Meyer would be subject to the conditions of two simultaneous restraining orders, including the instructions in the first one to relinquish and not possess firearms).
“Yesterday morning (Thursday, August 18, 2016) Rep. Sinicki sent Ms. Meyer a text confirming again that she will not pursue a permanent restraining order, and that on advice from the restraining order office she would not attend the hearing scheduled for today, Friday, August 19, 2016, for that purpose.
“As promised, Rep. Sinicki did not attend the hearing this morning, which signaled to the court that she is not pursuing an RO at this time.
“Going forward, Rep. Sinicki hopes that Ms. Meyer will see the wisdom in refusing to respond to any more provocations to cry wolf from Mr. Hughes, who has had his own serious, ongoing problems with harassing and disruptive behavior. He clearly incites much of Ms. Meyer’s “sour grapes” behavior, even to the point of writing her media releases for her. It is time for Ms. Meyer to recognize Mr. Hughes’ input for the bad advice it is, and distance herself from it.
“It is also time for both Ms. Meyer and Mr. Hughes to lay down this pattern of continued outbursts of resentment and bad temper. We need to direct our personal and communal resources to make sure that, in the November 8 general election, we elect leaders who will focus on the good of everyone in our communities. That is how Rep. Sinicki intends to direct her energies between now and Nov. 8th, and it is her hope Ms. Meyer and Mr. Hughes will join her.”