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Former Wisconsin deputy alleges political backlash


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Polk County deputy says the sheriff demoted him because he campaigned against him.

  Jared Cockroft is suing Sheriff Timothy Moore in federal court alleging Moore violated his rights to due process and free speech.

  Cockroft says in the lawsuit he campaigned for Deputy Arling Olson against Moore in a Democratic primary in 2006.

  After Olson lost, he endorsed Republican candidate Tony Grimm in local newspapers.

  After Moore won the general election, he demanded Cockroft resign.

  When Cockroft refused, Moore demoted him to school resources officer.

  Cockroft says he eventually resigned because he found the job boring.

  Moore has denied all Cockroft's allegations in court filings.

  U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker has set a trial for August 2009.

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