Lost in the completely contrived controversy surrounding Democratic State Rep. Christine Sinicki’s Facebook comment that Gov. Walker’s State of the State speech was “full of shit” was an inconvenient truth about Christopher Barber, the welder Walker applauded as an example of the improving economy in Wisconsin. That inconvenient truth? Christopher Barber is a registered sex offender who was thrice convicted of Operating While Intoxicated.
Emphasizing his role as a job creator, Gov. Scott Walker praised Christopher Barber’s moxie during the governor’s annual “state of the state” speech.
Barber, 32, left the ranks of the unemployed to land a seasonal job as welder at Ariens Co. in Brillion in late 2012, eventually turning that into a full-time post, according to a press release from Walker’s office. Newspapers around the state ran a photo of Barber giving a big wave to the crowd as he exited the Assembly podium to a round of applause during Walker’s televised address.
“These are the faces of an improving economy in our state,” Walker said Wednesday of Barber and others. “Wisconsin is going back to work.”
But there is a reason that Barber — a resident of Two Rivers — has had trouble finding steady work in the past.
Records show that he is a registered sex offender with two felonies and three drunken-driving offenses. Because of his checkered past, Barber has been in and out of jail and prison for much of the past decade, with his probation having been revoked at least twice.
So remind me again which elected official should be apologizing, because in my opinion it’s not Christine Sinicki.
The sentiments she shared last night regarding Gov. Walker’s State of the State address are sentiments shared by a lot of folks here in Wisconsin, and the folks who are so “outraged” by her comments are the very same folks who are ruining our state.