Thursday, March 6, 2008

At least Biskupic is trying to do something

The campaign finance scandal indictments of Kenosha casino backer Dennis Troha, business pals John Erickson and Achille Infusino, and now county executive Allan Kehl have left Kenoshans in a spin cycle of wondering when and where will the next shoe drop -- if ever.

The painfully slow federal investigation has largely been a yawner as speculation has begun to wane over whether United States Attorney Steven Biskupic will be able to fry bigger fish. The fact that federal agents recently questioned Sheriff David Beth plausibly suggest that Biskupic's inquiry is moving down the food chain, not up as originally thought.

While it's easy to get frustrated at the snail's pace of the federal probe and its lack of stellar results, you should bear in mind that at least Biskupic is doing something.

That's a lot more than can be said for one of his predecessors, John Fryatt, who pooh-poohed calls for a federal investigation of alleged irregularies in licensing Dairyland Greyhound Park. Donald Hanaway, the state Attorney General at the time, was similarly disinterested and only assigned one state justice agent to investigate at what were then five dog tracks. The old State Racing Board did its best to squash any probe as it might expose its own shenanigans.

Biskupic's journey may be slow and bumpy but it's a heck of a lot more than was done in the past and for that he deserves credit. That said, it's getting long-in-the-tooth and it's about time for him to either start frying the big fish or call it a day.

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