Peter Schmidt Video: Wisconsin Republican Peter Schmidt is downplaying his past same-sex flings in an effort to stay on the good side of conservative Christian voters.
Earlier this month, Schmidt won a six-way primary by a mere 63 votes to become the Republican nominee for the reliably red District 6 seat.
But his nomination means more people are sifting through his past… and that’s troubling for two key reasons.
The first big problem came in November of 2019 when Schmidt was accused of strangling a staffer at his family’s farm.
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On November 22 of that year, two employees who lived at the farm told an officer they had overslept for an early morning shift.
Schmidt allegedly barged into the residence, “yelled at them,” then grew even angrier when they weren’t ready 15 minutes later.
Schmidt later told the officer he held the victim “in place by his neck but didn’t choke him out.”
Either way, he was arrested and later charged with Disorderly Conduct (a misdemeanor) and Strangulation and Suffocation (a felony).
He was eventually sentenced to two years of probation, had to take anger management classes, underwent a psychological assessment, and ordered to write an apology letter to the victim.
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Schmidt has been censured due to the criminal conviction, a move that prevents him from attending local Republican events or displaying campaign materials at their headquarters.
The chair also urged Schmidt to drop out of the State Assembly race… but those pleas went ignored.
Now, WisPolitics notes, the Shawano GOP says it won’t support Schmidt’s campaign because “members believe criminals do not reflect the values of the party.”
(The irony of Republicans saying criminals don’t reflect their values shouldn’t be lost on anyone.)
But here’s the obvious question: Why didn’t they say all this publicly before the primary?
They didn’t think he was going to win, so they didn’t publicize his criminal history, and then he won. Funny how that works.
The censuring is hardly a punishment, too, because there’s very little chance any Republican will lose a race in this particular district.
All of that, however, pales in comparison to the second story now coming out about Schmidt.
About a month after he assaulted one of his employees, on December 31, 2019, Schmidt visited the local sheriff’s office to make a complaint of his own: Someone was trying to blackmail him.
The unknown suspect was demanding $50,000… in exchange for not releasing a sëx tape of Schmidt “performing oral sëx on another male.”
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Schmidt admitted the recording was real.
He said he had been “in a relationship” with another man who worked on the Schmidt Ponderosa Farm, and that the tape in question depicted one of their “many” hookups.
Schmidt didn’t know he was being recorded.
Someone obtained the footage, contacted him on WhatsApp using an untraceable number from Mexico.
And said he would send the tape to Schmidt’s father and brother (whose phone numbers were included the message as if to suggest he wasn’t joking) unless he received $50,000.
Schmidt negotiated the price down to $5,000 over the course of a couple days… but never actually paid it.
According to the report, he then “told his family of his life style choice… (homosêxuality).”
The case was closed just days later with no further action by law enforcement, because there just didn’t seem to be any way to figure out where the messages were coming from.
Obviously, all of this is awful.
Schmidt’s consensual sëxual acts are no one else’s business. For someone to use a private sêx tape as a weapon of extortion is abhorrent.
Honestly, I feel dirty even reading through the incident report.
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