MILWAUKEE — Five Democratic activists accused of slashing the tires of vans rented by Republicans on Election Day 2004 are now alleging that the Democratic Party set them up to take the fall.
Defense lawyers told jurors Tuesday that the five campaign workers were innocent and that their party’s “professional political operatives” actually damaged the tires and then pointed police in the direction of the defendants.
“Like troop movements in a war, these people came to Wisconsin as it became apparent that Wisconsin was in play,” attorney Robin Shellow said. “These are people who stepped over the line and now, because of what they do for a living, they blame our clients.”
Shellow, who is representing accused tire-slasher Sowande Omokunde, son of Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), said the operatives’ loathing of Republicans and President George W. Bush motivated the slashings.