New Milwaukee County employee plans on keeping state representative job

CREATED Apr 25, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- A new employee for Milwaukee County is also working as a politician for the state -- and he's justifying bringing taxpayer money in for both salaries.

Representative David Cullen is one of the newest Milwaukee County Supervisors and plans on keeping both jobs.  "I talked to constituents throughout the campaign; I was asked if I was going to leave the Assembly.  I told them no," said Cullen.  "I was encouraged by many people to stay in the Assembly.  There is a possibility that we could go into special session."

As a state Representative, Cullen makes nearly $50,000 a year; he will also pull in a salary of $50,000 a year from Milwaukee County taxpayers.  "My intention is to give a portion of that to charity.," announced Cullen.

Cullen says about 65 percent of his constituents overlap, which will ease the workload of the two jobs.

Last week TODAY'S TMJ4 talked to state Senator Spencer Coggs who will also be double dipping as the newly elected Milwaukee City Treasurer.  Coggs said he intends to give his Senate money to charity.

Cullen's Assembly District has been redrawn, and he'd have to run against Republican Dale Kooyenga.

While Cullen isn't ruling it out, he says It's unlikely he'll run for re-election for the state office.  "I'm pretty much ruling it out," Cullen told TODAY'S TMJ4.

Representative Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc for the past five years has held the state seat and is the county's executive.

He says technology allows him to do both.  He also keeps both salaries saying he earns both.