The Wisconsin Republican Party on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Government Acountability Board that alleges Shelly Moore used a school email account to coordinate early recall and campaigning efforts.
The complaint, filed by Stephen Thompson, executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, includes several pages of emails sent to and from Shelly Moore's email account with the Ellsworth Community School District. In one of the emails dated March 10, 2011, Moore appears to write, "We are not supposed to use school email, but since all of our rights are being taken away, I don't frankly care."
On May 3, 2011, to unseat Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10) in an upcoming recall election.
Moore's official school district email account is a matter of public record, and the Republican Party filed an open records request to gain access to the emails.
Harsdorf campaign spokesperson Nathan Duerkop sent the following statement to Hudson Patch:
"Shelly Moore is a long-time special interest activist with a track record of loudly lobbying for her political goals. That she would use public resources to advance her interests is disappointing, but not surprising. Apparently when you 'breathe union' it’s hard to pay attention to your actual job."
"We’ve long known Moore is beholden to the special interests she has represented for years, now apparently we have to worry about her ability to legally use public resources."
"Anger over an issue is never an excuse to break the law."
Gillian Moore, press secretary for the Wisconsin Democratic Party sent the following statement to Hudson Patch:
"Shelly was absolutely not using taxpayer dollars for campaign purposes -- no campaign even existed when these emails were sent. This blatantly political stunt is only a distraction from the real issue at hand: Sheila Harsdorf has launched an unprecedented assault on the rights and well-being of the working families and seniors of SD 10, and provided no avenue for them to defend themselves."
Moore faces in a recall primary election on July 12. The winner will face off against Harsdorf in an Aug. 9 election.