Nothing to see here….

Brian schimming, is letting everyone know that there is absolutely nothing to see here. Seriously, if you cant trust Brian (lobbyist, vice -chair of WI republican party and ex prosser staffer) Schimming to tell you the truth about the Wisconsin Supreme Court election results, who can you trust? Next thing you will tell me is that Kathy nickolaus, who found 14000 votes two days after the election, worked for David Prosser. i wont believe that any more than I would believe that Nickolaus was heavily involved in the Caucus Scandal from a few years ago.

I wont believe any of it because this is a non-partisan race. These are very mature and professional public servants, so I am sure that whomever won, they both would agree that a recount is needed to make sure democracy rules.

Justice Prosser, who declared a resounding 0.488% victory, now as reported by JSonline: Right wing hack and Prosser Lawyer Jim Troupis, “We will take every and any step to prevent this frivolous matter going forward.”

Yes they love democracy(as long as they win). Yet Prosser forgets to tell people that he was the first one in the race to hire a special recount lawyer when he was behind(Ben Ginsburg). Hypocrite much (but again I digress)?

This brings me back to the original purpose of this post. It is not to highlight the amazing turnout of Nickolaus\' Waukesha county, or her stunning incompetence. What I wanted to point out was Prosser’s extreme partisanship, in his “victory” speech. He personally thanked disgraced rep. John Gard (R-Sun Prairie) and convicted felon Scooter Jensen. The only one he forgot to thank was Brian Deschane. Next thing you know, Mr. Impartial, will be hanging out with the few people that showed up for the recent “tea party” and their paid spokesman James T Harris.

Sometimes I just want to scream, click my heels and go home!

Neumann gets first in-state endorsements

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann, whose campaign until this point had not garnered a single in-state endorsement from any elected official or Republican operative of any consequence, finally got not one, but two endorsements, from former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker John Gard and former Wisconsin State Treasurer Cate Zeuske. In addition to endorsing Neumann’s gubernatorial campaign, Gard and Zeuske announced would serve as Neumann’s campaign Co-Chairs.

As the Recess Supervisor notes, is the endorsement of Neumann by Gard and Zeuske really about Neumann, or is this Gard’s revenge for something Scott Walker did once upon a time?

John Gard’s shady consulting company

John Gard, former Assembly Speaker and the Republican candidate running against incumbent Rep. Steve Kagen in the Eighth Congressional District, has come under scrutiny for his ties to the Gard Business Group, a consulting company that paid Gard $12,307 from January through mid-April 2008 for his work there, according to the financial disclosure report he was required to file as a candidate for Congress. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette, 6.17.08) The issue with the Gard Business Group is that little to nothing is known about the company itself. The Gard Business Group doesn’t have a web site (at least not according to Google), it’s not listed in the online Yellow Pages, and it doesn’t have a phone number or an e-mail address listed for potential clients who wish to access Gard’s consulting services. What’s more, a quick search using the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions’ Corporate Records Search listed no results for “Gard Consulting” or “John Gard.”

Asked a direct question about the Gard Business Group by a reporter from the Appleton Post-Crescent on his business dealings and clientele, Gard avoided giving a direct answer to the question. According to today’s Post-Crescent, “The former speaker is guarded about who his clients are, except to say that they are based in Northeastern Wisconsin.”

Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, would like to know more details about John Gard’s shady consulting company, asking, “Why won’t John Gard reveal any details about his shady consulting operation? Is John Gard representing dirty special interests that he doesn’t want us to know about? Is he using his business to launder campaign money? Or is Gard simply using his company to trick voters into thinking he’s not a career politician?” Wineke also issued a challenge to any reporter in Wisconsin to find out more information about Gard Business Group, its clients or any other sources of income that Gard may have had since he started running for Congress.

Over at Blue Revolution USA, a commenter took time to contact the Gard for Congress campaign, and here’s the response he got:

Larry,

Thank you for your inquiry about the Gard Business Group. The Gard Business Group is a private company that assists businesses in growing their customer base and streamlining costs. If you would like more information about John and his capabilities, please visit www.gardforcongress.com.

Ellen Nowak

Gard for Congress

Now maybe I’m crazy, but that’s not much of an answer, nor does it clear up anything about what the Gard Business Group does or exactly who the GBG counts among its clients, details that would certainly be relevant in a Congressional election. Who’s been paying John Gard thousands of dollars through his mystery company? Who stands to benefit if he’s elected to Congress? Why are John Gard and his handlers being so evasive in answering questions about the Gard Business Group?

I don’t know about you, but something sure seems fishy about this situation.

Gard: “I’m taking my guns and I’m going home!”

Boy, things sure are getting bad for Republicans here in Wisconsin. After learning the National Rifle Association endorsed Congressman Steve Kagen, to whom Republican John Gard lost the 2006 race in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, Gard said he won’t be renewing his membership with the NRA. In an interview with Politico, Gard made it clear he felt he had been abandoned by the NRA:

“I have a 20-year history working with these folks and just because the NRA abandoned me doesn’t impact the race,” Gard said in an interview with Politico. “People know in this race they can trust me on those issues because I’m a hunter and a sportsman and a fisherman.”

Both Gard and Kagen received perfect ratings from the NRA, but the NRA has a policy of endorsing sitting members of Congress when they have the same ratings as a challenger. This is surely a blow to Gard’s candidacy, and given that the high price of gas was Gard’s main – if not only – campaign issue, his campaign has to be in some serious trouble. Coupled with the news that the RNC is pulling out of Wisconsin, look for Gard to lose to Rep. Kagen by a margin of 54% to 46%.

Stay Classy, John Gard!

While lots of folks all across the U.S. spent at least a little time yesterday reflecting on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Republican Congressional candidate John Gard spent time at a fundraiser with state Rep. Phil Montgomery. Gard headlined yesterday’s fundraiser for Rep. Montgomery at the National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon. The fundraiser was hosted by Arena Strategy Group, which is owned by Gard’s campaign consultant Mark Graul and coordinates consulting and fundraising efforts for Gard’s campaign for Congress.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke was quick to call on Gard and Montgomery to donate the money they raised to victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

“On a day when John McCain and Barack Obama suspended partisan politics to honor the victims of 9/11, it is telling that John Gard found it fit to spend his day fundraising for a political campaign,” said Wineke. “I hope that John Gard and Phil Montgomery do what’s right and donate the money they raised to the victims and families affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks.”

Now call me crazy, but shouldn’t 9/11 be a day of reflection and remembering, not a day to score some quick cash at a campaign fundraiser?