Eighth congressional district candidates address Clinton email probe

Mike Gallagher, Tom Nelson photos

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) – Both candidates vying for a seat in Wisconsin’s eighth congressional district are addressing their thoughts on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

It comes after FBI Director James Comey announced his agency would investigate new emails uncovered during a sexting investigation of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of one of Clinton’s closest aides. Comey told Congress the emails are pertinent to the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Republican congressional candidate Mike Gallagher cited his prior experience as a human intelligence officer with the Marine Corps, saying that if he had sent any classified emails on a private server — as Clinton did — he would be in jail.

“I think it’s absolutely necessary that we don’t have one standard for one group of people and a different standard for the politically powerful and the connected,” Gallagher said. “So I think the investigation should be carried on in full.”

Gallagher’s opponent, Democrat Tom Nelson, said he believes the Clinton emails should be made public since we are now 10 days away from Election Day.

“I think what we have to do is let the process work itself through,” Nelson said. “We know very little about this right now, so I think it’s important that all of the information comes to light so that there can be a judgement on this and that we can move forward on this issue.”

Both Gallagher and Nelson are running for the seat of Republican Reid Ribble, who announced he would not run for another term.