Welcome to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, where hyper-partisanship trumps all…
A University of Wisconsin-Platteville engineering student anticipating a new seat on the UW System’s Board of Regents was renounced at the eleventh hour by Gov. Scott Walker, who withdrew the young man’s appointment after finding out he had signed a petition as an 18-year-old freshman calling for the governor’s recall.
Joshua Inglett, who finished his sophomore year last month, said an aide to Walker asked him Wednesday evening whether he had signed the recall petition. He told him he had, and within hours another Walker aide left him a voice mail that made it clear to Inglett he wouldn’t get the position.
Inglett said he’d spent months trying to get the two-year appointment and was frustrated that his signing the petition sank it at the last moment. What bothered him more was that he felt he was being portrayed as someone who wasn’t forthcoming when he said he had answered everything he was asked.
It’s worth noting that Scott Walker (or anyone in his administration) has refused to give a concrete reason as to why Inglett’s nomination was withdrawn, but I suppose that’s because Walker doesn’t want to admit that he’s a small, petty, hyper-partisan man who simply can’t tolerate any opinions that dissent from his own.