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Camerman who taped Sen. Mike Ellis warns of more undercover tactics

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A cameraman who secretly videotaped Senate President Mike Ellis at a Madison bar while posing as one of his constituents says you can expect more tactics like this.  

The Republican Ellis said last week he would step down in January, after a video showed him discussing a possible independent group to attack his election challenger this fall.

Christian Hartsock made the video for the conservative group Project Veritas. He denied to the AP that he was brought in by more conservative Republicans who wanted to push out the moderate Ellis.

However, Hartsock said politicians at all levels should prepare to be recorded any time they're in public. In his words, "We want to create a climate where if you're going to represent a constituency, you better be looking over your shoulder."  

The 73-year-old Ellis scrapped the idea of a political attack committee after he found it was illegal. He later told a Milwaukee radio show he was just venting at the bar, like a sports fan would vent after a player just loses a big game.

Ellis calls it an invasion of privacy and the "new norm," and he's leaving office because he doesn't fit in anymore.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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