The Latest: Wisconsin AG Schimel makes no mention of GOP

Attorney General Brad Schimel (Photo courtesy Schimel campaign)

MADISON (AP) -- The Latest on Attorney General Brad Schimel announcing his run for re-election run (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

Attorney General Brad Schimel isn't mentioning he's a Republican in his re-election campaign announcements.

Schimel announced Thursday he's officially running for a second term in a year where Democrats hope to channel voter anger toward Republican President Donald Trump into wins. He issued a news release announcing the run as well as an online ad touting his work to combat opioid abuse, human trafficking and elder abuse.

The news release doesn't mention Schimel is a Republican and a narrator in the ad calls Schimel "independent."

Schimel campaign aide Matthew Dobler didn't immediately reply to an email asking why Schimel didn't mention that he's a Republican.

Schimel has supported Trump and repeatedly touted lawsuits he's filed against former President Barack Obama's administration. Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.


6:00 a.m.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel is officially announcing he'll run for re-election this fall.

Schimel won election to his first term as attorney general in 2014. He issued a news release Thursday morning announcing his re-election campaign along with an online ad touting his work to combat opioid abuse, human trafficking and elder abuse. An unseen narrator describes Schimel as tough, fair and independent.

Former federal prosecutor Josh Kaul is the only Democrat so far to announce a run against Schimel. The filing deadline is June 1. The primary election is Aug. 14, with the general election following on Nov. 6.

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