State school superintendent challenger John Humphries says fellow challenger Lowell Holtz wanted Humphries to drop out of next week's primary.
And if Holtz was to defeat incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers in April, Holtz would offer Humphries a 150-thousand-dollar per year job with new powers to take control of the Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, and Racine school districts -- including the authority to change school board members who are elected by local voters. Both Humphries and Holtz appeared on W-I-S-N Radio in Milwaukee Wednesday, and Humphries said Holtz also offered to drop out for a similar promise. Humphries' campaign later released a document after meeting with Holtz on the proposal. Holtz released a different document claims that if either candidate could defeat Evers, the other would join that person's administration -- and Humphries said he rejected any such deal.