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Saturday, June 07, 2014

 12:30 PM 

Ozanne: 'Leadership and experience matter'

Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne told Dem delegates that "leadership and experience matter" -- particularly with what's ahead in the general election.

Ozanne did not mention Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel by name in his speech, but he said the presumptive GOP candidate is "beating the drum" of putting more people in jail -- a model he said "has beaten us in the last two election cycles."

"I am the best check to put balance back in this state," Ozanne said, saying he believes the AG race is the most important on the ballot this fall.

"We cannot afford to have somebody learning on the job from Day One."

Ozanne touted his work heading the Department of Corrections and said he's already working on behalf of constituents in Dane County -- mentioning his lawsuit over open records issues during the passage of Act 10.

He also defended a program in Dane County he says aims to rehabilitate some minority parents using corporal punishment, saying headline writers and political opponents were taking "cheap political shots at programs that work."

"The headline should have said, 'Ozanne defends all children,'" he said.

"We need to be proactive," Ozanne added. "We need to do a better job protecting our communities, and that's what I am doing in Dane County."

Ozanne also called for a return of the public intervenor in the state, but said even if that position is not restored, he'll us the power of the AG's office to ensure the Public Trust Doctrine is defended and Wisconsin's stewardship of the environment -- particularly the Great Lakes -- is protected.

"That is more valuable than gold," Ozanne said of the state's water resources.

-- By Andy Szal

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