Scott Walker administration wanted to offer a top DNR job to mining company lobbyist

This should surprise absolutely no one who’s been paying attention to the close relationship Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has had with not only supporters of Gov. Walker’s campaigns, but with lobbyists as well.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration considered giving a top natural resources position this year to a lobbyist for a company proposing a massive iron mine, but backed off because of a federal law barring conflicts of interest.

“Records show that Walker’s staff was considering Gogebic Taconite lobbyist and spokesman Bob Seitz for the post of deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. He was being considered for the post just before Gogebic announced it was closing its office in northern Wisconsin and stepping away from a proposed $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.

“Seitz ended up getting a different appointment from Walker, with the Public Service Commission.”

Though the source link is a year old, I thought this was worth noting simply because it points out just how corrupt our state government has gotten. After all, this isn’t the first example of cronyism in state government, as evidenced by the Brian Deschane situation.


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5 thoughts on “Scott Walker administration wanted to offer a top DNR job to mining company lobbyist

  1. Well, what did you want our governor to do? It’s not like he had any choice – at the time there wasn’t an available Supreme Court seat.

  2. So they gifted him with a job anyway. How is this still not considered a conflict of interest? Because it’s obvious the appointment wasn’t made on best experience and skill set for the job?

  3. If Scott was my son I would have taken him over my knee a long time ago
    and gave him a attitude adjustment. Can’t just drop out of college because
    he thinks he knows everything.

  4. One of the problewms with placing Seitz in the position was he was still a registered lobbyist for GTac at the time Walker made the announcement.

    A few phone calls to the GAB, local legislators and news organizations put Walker and his appointee in the spotlight.

    Oopsie. But isn’t that how Walker does everything?

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