MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Senate President Mike Ellis says the release of a secret recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the "tipping point" that made him decide not to seek re-election.
Ellis announced Friday that he would not run again, ending a 44-year career in the state Legislature.
The announcement came two days after the release of a hidden recording of Ellis during which he talks about illegally coordinating with a political action committee to smear his Democratic challenger.
Ellis tells WTMJ-Radio in Milwaukee that he had been thinking about not running for a while, but the video's release put him over the top.
The 73-year-old Ellis says he feels like he no longer fits in in the Senate.
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