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Political ad attacks Susan Happ for land deal with accused child rapist

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A big political attack has been launched in the campaign for Wisconsin attorney general.

The conservative Media Trackers said Democratic candidate Susan Happ gave a deferred prosecution agreement for child sexual assault to a man who bought property from Happ and her husband.

Happ's campaign manager said it wasn't like that at all.

The salvo comes at a time when most voters are still trying to figure out what Happ and her Republican attorney general opponent Brad Schimel stand for.

Last week's Marquette Law School poll said around three-quarters of voters didn't know enough about either one yet to form an opinion.

Media Trackers said Happ, the Jefferson County DA, agreed earlier this year to reduce felony charges against Daniel Reynolds to a disorderly conduct violation if he stayed clean for a year. The Journal Sentinel said Happ and her husband sold property to Reynolds in 2009 under a $180,000 land contract which was paid off 3 years later.

Schimel's camp accused Happ of "cutting deals for an alleged child rapist who has financial ties to her family."

But Happ campaign manager Joshua Lease said there's more to the story. He said Reynolds was renting a house owned by Happ's husband before he got married -- and the decision to file charges in the sex case was made by the assistant DA and not Happ.

Lease also said the assistant made the decision on the deferred prosecution deal.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)