Green Bay Press-Gazette: "On Wednesday, after an investigation that lasted over a year, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office filed three criminal charges against the [Green Bay] mayor [Jim Schmitt]: an attempt to make false statements to an election official, an attempt to accept campaign contributions not belonging to a contributor and an attempt to accept campaign contributions in excess of limits.
"Each one of these is a felony offense, but under the plea deal, by calling each count an “attempt” to break election laws, Schmitt pleads guilty to three Class A misdemeanors instead of felonies."
"Schmitt was willing to falsify reports in an attempt to keep his office. It’s not like he overlooked something or was ignorant of the law. When informed of the mistakes, he tried to mislead the public.
"We can’t accept such deceptive behavior from the top city official, who should be held to a higher standard.
"It erodes the public’s trust. In a presidential election year when voters are presented with two candidates whose ethics they question, we’d like to think that on the local level we can count on our leaders to do the right thing."
StarTribune: "An online petition created by a former supporter of Green Bay's mayor calls for his resignation because of the campaign finance charges against him.
"In an agreement with prosecutors, Mayor Jim Schmitt has agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges related to accepting illegal campaign donations and falsifying information on his campaign finance reports.
"Former Green Bay alderman, Shae Sortwell, has created the website JimResign.com. Sortwell says Schmitt "screwed up badly" so it's best he move on."