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Upon the news that Matt Flynn was running for the Democratic nomination for governor, a state GOP spokesperson said, “Matt Flynn has sought to cover-up the crimes committed against those who are most vulnerable.”
Even as some progressive donors line up behind the 71-year-old former Wisconsin Democratic Party chair, the GOP accusation is, if anything, an understatement.
If Flynn were to win the nomination, GOP attacks on this front would be a daily occurrence.
While an attorney for Quarles and Brady — the tony law firm that counts the Archdiocese of Milwaukee among its most important clients — Flynn became lead defender in the sex-abuse case with the nation’s fourth-largest number of alleged victims.
For years, people with direct knowledge of the case have claimed Flynn threatened and tormented victims of known pedophile priests in order to silence them. He’s also been accused of protecting priests who abused hundreds of children.
Also under oath, Weakland said Flynn was responsible for maintaining and managing the full list of priests who’d been accused of assault. More than 170 clerics have been publicly alleged to have assaulted children in the archdiocese over the past several decades, according to court records.