Mount Pleasant Trustee David DeGroot circulated a press release Friday March, 10 alleging that supporters of village president Jerry Garski egged his house in a politically motivated attack, though investigators are not so sure.
DeGroot hopes to unseat Garski in the April 4 election for village president.
According to the release, four people egged DeGroot’s house on March 1. DeGroot immediately suspected it was a result of Mount Pleasant politics.
“These actions reflect a pattern of negative and harmful activity done by supporters and campaign staff of President Jerry Garski,” DeGroot said. “His supporters have protested village board meetings, made threats against trustees and their supporters, and posted numerous personal attacks on village employees.”
DeGroot captured the incident on a surveillance system that he finished installing only the day before. He turned the video over to Investigators.
Lt. Detective Scott Geyer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department is investigating the incident. Asked if police had any reason to believe it was politically motivated, he responded, “No, I wouldn’t make that leap.”
There are no suspects at this time, Geyer said, but investigators are still reviewing the video.
“It’s pretty much an isolated incident,” he said. Adding that the reason they are investigating the egging is because they have video of it occurring.
DeGroot’s press release specifically names Garski and his campaign manager Kelly Gallaher, saying the egging is another incident in, “A pattern of negative and harmful activity done by supporters and campaign staff.”
While DeGroot tells Racine County Eye that he doesn’t know for sure Garski was behind the attack, his press release features a quote attributed to DeGroot saying, “‘It’s shocking that President Garski’s supporters would go this far. The Garski campaign is so desperate he has literally sunk to mud-slinging and egg-throwing.’”
When contacted by Racine County Eye Monday, March 13, Garski had not been notified of the attack by DeGroot or police.
“This is news to me,” he said.
Garski laughed at the assertion, saying, “I don’t act childish.”
“I wouldn’t put it past them to say something like that,” he said of DeGroot’s press release. Adding that, “Mount Pleasant politics is worse than federal politics.”
At the village board meeting Monday night DeGroot brought up the incident during his trustee report, once again saying he doesn’t think Garski was specifically behind it, but maintained it was a political attack.
Garski responded that he had nothing to do with it. He also mentioned that someone tried to kill his horse, but that he didn’t think DeGroot was behind it.
Garski was referring to an incident in September when one of his horses became so sick it needed veterinary treatment. Afterwards, he found about 200 ears of corn on the cob in his horse pasture. Horses can’t properly digest corn on the cob, he said.
Garski said he filed a report with police, but made no allegations about potential culprits.
When DeGroot was asked why he waited 10 days to circulate the release, he said he wanted to wait until he had all his facts in order, “I couldn’t say that I turned the evidence over to the police.” He was still figuring out how to get the video out of the system.
When asked why he assumed the attack was politically motivated, DeGroot responded, “Why would it be anything else.”