Scott Walker’s Inconsistency

How scott walker has changed his views regarding politics in Wisconsin is enough for Dan Bice to write columns through retirement. In Bice’s latest column he points out how Scott Walker was so quick to criticize Governor Doyle on the conduct of one of his aides! Walker, who we know was perpetually campaigning for Governor(PS read this link), supplied us with some very interesting quotes that Mr. Bice shares!

“Unfortunately, we have a Governor and administration that condones unethical and illegal behavior,” Walker said in a statement on Jan. 24, 2006. “The people of Wisconsin deserve better.”

OOPS…but wait there’s more:

“Today’s indictment provides further confirmation that the Doyle administration is damaged and must be removed from the Capitol,” said Walker, a Wauwatosa Republican, of his Democratic predecessor. “Governor Doyle needs to purge his administration of individuals who place politics and special interests ahead of the people of Wisconsin.”

Walker went on to call on Doyle to adopt a series of reforms that the candidate was proposing.

“Little can be said to underscore the seriousness of this charge. I am hopeful that the people of Wisconsin will allow me the opportunity to clean up Madison with the same fervor that guided my reform movement in Milwaukee County.”

Wow I guess Zach was right, for Walker to be consistent Cullen Werwie and Brett Davis must go. Of course with Scott walker’s track record, it looks like their job is secure(at least until the successful recall election).

Bu the way what did Ciara Matthews, Walkers new campaign spokeswoman who really likes to talk have to say?

Ciara Matthews, spokeswoman for Walker’s campaign, did not return messages last week.

The real question is whats next? Stay tuned!

Scott Walker should fire Brett Davis and Cullen Werwie

Yesterday news broke that charges have been filed in Milwaukee County against Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleish after both women were found to have engaged in significant political and campaign-related activity on County time.

In the case of Rindfleisch, it has been revealed that during the course of her duties as Deputy Chief of Staff in then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s office, she sent some 300 emails to Republican Lt. Governor candidate Brett Davis during her working hours at the county, most related to fundraising. Rindfleisch is also alleged to have sent or received some 1,380 emails related fundraising activities during working hours. At the time, Rindfleisch was doing consulting work for Davis’ Lt. Governor campaign. What’s more, according to the criminal complaint filed against Rindfleisch, current Walker administration spokesperson Cullen Werwie, who was running Davis’ campaign, was in the loop and exchanged many of those emails with Rindfleisch.

Thanks to his immunity deal as part of the ongoing Milwaukee County John Doe investigation, Werwie can’t be charged with any crimes, but if Scott Walker truly cared about clean government (as he said he did many times during his gubernatorial campaign), then he should fire both Cullen Werwie and Brett Davis immediately. Both men must have known that Kelly Rindfleisch was employed in Walker’s County Executive office at the time they were exchanged hundreds of emails with her, and therefore it must have occurred to them that her campaign-related activities for Davis were at best improper and at worst, illegal.

As I write this, Cullen Werwie is still drawing a taxpayer-funded salary as Walker’s spokeperson, while Brett Davis landed on his feet after his losing Lt. Governor campaign, having been appointed by Scott Walker as the state’s Medicaid director. Both men should be sent packing immediately, if Scott Walker had any interest in clean and transparent government, because it’s clear neither Cullen Werwie or Brett Davis have any interest in clean and transparent government.

H/T to xoff over at Uppity Wisconsin.

Brett Davis is a grade-A hypocrite

In a recent press release, Republican Lt. Governor candidate Brett “Don’t call me a moderate anymore” Davis said it was “absurd” that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is using paying for driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards for prison inmates. However, while Brett Davis has busied himself attacking the program that enables inmates to get the driver’s licenses or ID cards, what he conveniently forgot to tell folks is that he actually voted for the state budget that put the new inmate driver’s license/ID card policy into effect. If Brett Davis were really concerned with using tax dollars to help inmates get driver’s licenses and iD cards, then perhaps he wouldn’t have voted in favor of the budget that put the policy into effect.

Now maybe Brett Davis didn’t read the entire state budget before voting on it, or perhaps he didn’t care what was in the budget, so long as a few soybean threshers found their way to his Assembly District, but the fact is, Brett Davis’s newfound opposition to tax dollars being used to provide driver’s licenses and ID cards to inmates is hypocrisy, plain and simple.

Republican State Rep. favors health care & vaccine rationing

State Rep. Brett Davis, a Republican running for Lt. Governor, has a big problem with the state giving the H1N1 vaccine to high-risk female prisoners at Taycheedah Correctional Institution. Forty-five doses of the H1N1 vaccine were given to pregnant female inmates, who are included as one of the vulnerable groups being targeted for inoculation during the ongoing nationwide vaccine shortage.

“No one wants to be inhumane,” Davis said, “BUT there are pregnant women who have been law-abiding citizens who are having trouble getting the vaccine.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin has received approximately 300,000 doses of flu vaccine, most of which has already been administered to health care workers and other targeted groups.

In speaking about the forty-five doses of vaccine given to pregnant inmates at Taycheedah Correctional Institution, Rep. Davis went on to add, “Hopefully, there’ll be more vaccine made available and we can serve everybody, but if it doesn’t happen, we’ll have to continue to make tough decisions.”

If you’re a moderate Republican vying for a higher office, I suppose coming out in support of denying vaccines and proper health care to at-risk inmates is one way to boost your standing among conservative voters who might be skeptical of your conservative credentials.

H/T to Democurmudgeon.

In Brief: 2010 election musings

  • After some speculation that he was interested in running, State Rep. Brett Davis (R-Oregon) has registered as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. As a moderate Republican (hard to believe there is still such a thing), Davis might have a hard time gaining support from a Republican establishment that seems to have veered far to the right.
  • Unrelated to Rep. Davis’ Lt. Governor candidacy, it’s worth noting a challenger has emerged for the State Senate seat currently held by State Sen. Russ Decker, and that challenger is Jimmy Boy Edming of Glen Fora, Wisconsin. I mention this race not out of any particular interest in the parties involved, but because I think Jimmy Boy Edming has a great name.
  • And finally, there’s still no Democratic challenger for Rep. Mark Honadel in the 21st Assembly District. Rep. Honadel does have a Republican challenger in the form of Jason Komorowski, but no Democrats have registered as candidates for the 21st Assembly seat. I can’t help but wonder why it’s been so difficult for Democrats to find a challenger to Rep. Honadel, because with the exception of 2008, he’s been unopposed.

    I know there are Democrats on the South Shore, so why are they so unwilling to challenge Mark Honadel?