UPDATE: Ex-Rep. Roger Roth declares Wisconsin Senate run

UPDATED Monday, April 21, 2014 ---10:46 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former state Rep. Roger Roth says he is running for the state Senate seat now held by retiring Senate President Mike Ellis.

Ellis announced earlier this month he would not seek re-election after more than four decades in state politics.

Roth is an Appleton Republican who served two terms in the Assembly before leaving in 2011. He released a statement late Monday announcing his decision to run.

Roth is the only Republican candidate who has expressed interest thus far in the seat in the Republican-leaning district.

Democratic Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber also is running for the seat.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, April 11, 2014 --- 11:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate President Mike Ellis says the release of a secret recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the "tipping point" that made him decide not to seek re-election.

Ellis announced Friday that he would not run again, ending a 44-year career in the state Legislature.

The announcement came two days after the release of a hidden recording of Ellis during which he talks about illegally coordinating with a political action committee to smear his Democratic challenger.

Ellis tells WTMJ-Radio in Milwaukee that he had been thinking about not running for a while, but the video's release put him over the top.

The 73-year-old Ellis says he feels like he no longer fits in in the Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, April 11, 2014 --- 10:43 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate President Mike Ellis will not seek re-election this fall, following the release of a secretly recorded video in which he discusses an illegal campaign finance scheme.

Ellis's spokesman Scott Kelly confirmed Friday that Ellis was dropping out, marking the end of a 44-year legislative career. Kelly says a statement was being prepared.

Ellis's decision to drop out comes just two days after the release of a secret recording by Project Veritas, a national organization led by conservative activist James O'Keefe.

In the video, recorded two weeks ago, Ellis talks about creating a super PAC to spend money attacking his Democratic opponent state Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.

Ellis said he did not pursue the idea after realizing it was illegal.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014 --- 3:51 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Mike Ellis says he has done nothing illegal and a video taken without his knowledge is misleading.

A conservative activist known for his hidden-camera videos released audio on Wednesday of Ellis talking about raising money for a super PAC to attack his Democratic opponent Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.

It is against Wisconsin law for a candidate to coordinate with political action committees or outside groups.

Ellis tells The Associated Press that he understands that he looks "terrible" in the video, but he never acted on the discussion after realizing the next day that what he was talking about was illegal.

The audio and video was released Wednesday by Project Veritas, an organization led by conservative activist James O'Keefe.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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