Ira Robins Makes Bid for Kovac Seat
Launches campaign by making shocking, though, unsupported allegations.
Ira Robins, an “Expert Consultant” with a knack for publicity who is best known for his advocacy of the late convicted murderer Lawrencia Bembenek announced Tuesday October 27th, that he plans to challenge incumbent Nik Kovac for the 3rd Aldermanic District seat.
It is certain to be an uphill battle for Robins, especially since he seems to have launched his campaign from a rather low place.
Without mentioning any names, Robins makes the following unsupported allegation in his four paragraph Home Page at http://irarobinsforalderman.org/:
I am acutely aware that many Milwaukee business owners are afraid of certain Aldermen harassing them, using the police and various city inspection departments against them, demanding monetary compensation for licenses, and forcing businesses to close without just cause.
In his second paragraph on his “About” page he goes on to say:
I know some Aldermen manipulate the system for their own financial benefit to the detriment of the people.
A third paragraph — more of a footnote makes this interesting statement:
Full Disclosure: Taxes allegedly owed to Wisconsin Department of Revenue are presently under consideration for resolution.
Those judgments total $4,545.99, and are unpaid, as Robins claims. There is also the matter of an unpaid 15-year old Tax Warrant from 2000 [2000TW001730] in the amount of $8,092.06.
Other tax warrants dating to the 20th century include 1998TW000470
[$3,350.90] and a whopping $13,889.14 from [1998TW000469].
He also owes $3,304.81 to lawyers from a 1996 case when he sued Bembenek.
Ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2012
Many of Robins’ financial problems were already in place in 2012 when he ran for Lieutenant Governor as a Democrat during the recall election of 2012. He placed third, with 21.4% of the vote.
Then as now, Robins touted his professional expertise. He runs “Ira Robins Expert Consulting Services.”
Like his campaign website, his professional website comes with an asterisk. In vivid red letters it reads:
Please Note: I am not a private detective, and I do not provide the services of a private detective. Click HERE for the Attorney General’s opinion concerning expert witnesses and private detective licensing. IraRobins, June 18, 2012
So what sort of Expert Consulting Services does Robins provide? This time, in blue type, Robins says:
I find people — long lost loves, heirs, witnesses, birth parents — and find important facts about people and businesses — criminal records, financial stability, and other factors to consider before entering into personal or business contracts.
As for his character, let there be no doubt:
I have substantial knowledge of the law and a unique perspective of right and wrong.
In the event Robins wins the election, he still faces a challenge. I asked Robins if he indeed lived in the 3rd District. His response:
Not at present. I am looking for a place to use as both a residence and an office. Thanks for asking. Regards.
Kovac on Sound Financial Footing
Ald. Kovac did not respond to a request for comment on the Robins candidacy, other than to say that he looks forward to reading this story. His most recent campaign filing shows him with over $69,000 in the bank.