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Assembly Democrat Kessler works to prevent Sheridan's return to the Legislature

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state lawmaker from Milwaukee has created a special interest group to lobby against the return of former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan to the Legislature.

The Journal Sentinel says Assembly Democrat Fred Kessler has put $5,000 of his money toward the group "Citizens Against Payday Loans."

Kessler is still rankled over what Sheridan did in 2010 -- when he supported a limit on payday loan interest rates, then did a flip-flop about the time he was dating a lobbyist for the payday loan industry.

Sheridan was defeated in the 2010 elections, but he's back now as a candidate for the Janesville area Senate seat in next Tuesday's primary.

Kessler's group has been running ads which attack Sheridan's actions involving the payday loan bill, which never passed and never came up again after Republicans won control of the Legislature.

Kessler said he was also upset over Sheridan's stances on Milwaukee school choice, redistricting, and the residential placements of sex offenders.

Sheridan tells the Journal Sentinel that Kessler's attacks are a "payback" over unsuccessful efforts to, as he put it, "sabotage my leadership."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)