94th Assembly Attack Ads Prompt Lawsuit

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LA CROSSE, Wis. - The race for the vacant 94th Assembly seat is getting uglier as third party attack ads are making their way into the race.

It's prompted one candidate to pursue a lawsuit against the organization responsible for some of them.

Flyers paid for by third party groups claim Steve Doyle has unnecessarily raised taxes and that he's paid his own taxes late. An accusation Doyle says is false.

Backing Doyle up are town and county executives in La Crosse and Onalaska who say he's never missed or paid late according to records dating back to 1999.

"I knew that I had always paid my taxes on time and in full because they're paid by escrow. My bank sends the money over and they send it before the end of the year, so there is no question. It's always been paid on time," said Doyle.

The attack ads are being paid for by the Jobs First Coalition, a political group reportedly run by former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, who resigned from the legislature eight years ago after he was put on trial and convicted of three felony counts of misconduct in office.

Doyle's opponent, John Lautz, says he has no association with the group.

"Some people are doing what they call negative campaigns, or smear tactics. We can't do anything about it. I wish it didn't happen, but I don't even know who to call to get it to stop," said Lautz.

Doyle says a verified complaint was sent to La Crosse County District Attorney's office Thursday. He anticipates a civil lawsuit will be filed next week against Jobs First Coalition.

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