Milwaukee Senator accused of having staff do political work

    A former aide to state Sen. Spencer Coggs has filed a complaint with the state Government Accountability Board charging the Milwaukee Democrat hired a Capitol staffer largely to work on his lieutenant governor campaign and had other employees in his office attend to personal family matters, including helping his wife’s business.
    Jana Williams, who Coggs terminated last January, alleges in the complaint that Enis Ragland’s “support and interest” in the senator’s 2010 lieutenant governor campaign was evident from the time he was hired just months before Coggs announced in December 2009.
    But Coggs denied the allegations in an interview with and said he has not been contacted by the Government Accountability Board about the allegations. Coggs said he had not been told he was involved and disputed the allegations that any of his staffers did anything improper.
    “None of them to my knowledge did anything on state time, nor would I ask them to do anything on state time,” Coggs said.
    Zak Williams, who ran Coggs’ lt. guv campaign in 2010 and now oversees his bid for Milwaukee treasurer, said a decision by the state Equal Rights Division to dismiss a discrimination complaint from Jana Williams undercuts her credibility and the claims she made about Coggs’ staff doing campaign or personal work on state time.
    “There are some pretty crazy allegations there that are just not believable, and I think it further underscores how ridiculous this whole thing is,” Williams said.
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