The federal indictment charging Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl refers to a "mystery candidate" on whose behalf Kehl allegedly obtained a $5,000 contribution from trucking magnate and casino promoter Dennis Troha.
The indictment, prepared by the United States Attorney's Office in Milwaukee, does not identify the candidate but says he or she was a candidate in 2006.
This has created a flurry of speculation, anxiety and angst as people wonder who is this "mystery candidate" from 2006 and, in the absence of identification, everyone who was has been painted with a cloud of suspicion.
That's not fair to the honest folks who serve or hope to serve in public office. While it's not always possible to name names in a criminal investigation, the Kehl case is one where time was not so much of the essence that the indictment couldn't have been drafted more artfully and/or delayed until the "mystery candidate" can be identified.
Let's hope that United States Attorney Steven Biskupic clears this up -- pronto.