Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R), who may be a potential target in an investigation into the potential illegal activities that his staffers engaged in, previously attacked Governor Jim Doyle for the activities of his staffers. In 2006, Walker went after Doyle, blaming the Democrat for the activities of state employee Georgia Thompson. Thompson, who was actually appointed by former Republican Governor Scott McCallum, was convicted on two charges that were later overturned on the basis that the evidence against her was flimsy.
The question becomes, does Walker stand by his previous sentiments in going after Doyle now that he finds himself in a similar situation where one of his aides has already been convicted and numerous others are under investigation for illegal activities. Or does Walker now think that the boss isn't responsible for the sins of the employees.
Walker's 2006 statement about Doyle:
The indictment handed down today shows how corruption can infiltrate all areas of government. Unfortunately we have a Governor and administration that condones unethical and illegal behavior. The people of Wisconsin deserve better.
Today’s indictment provides further confirmation that the Doyle administration is damaged and must be removed from the Capitol. Jim Doyle’s political connections to this aide are, without question, mentioned as a defining piece of the evidence used to bring forth this indictment.”
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Thompson intended her actions to cause political advantage for her supervisors.
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The actions of Thompson also helped and were intended to help her job security”
Governor Doyle needs to purge his administration of individuals who place politics and special interests ahead of the people of Wisconsin. I am also calling on the Governor to adopt the reforms I proposed earlier this month that would prohibit anyone bidding on a state contract from contributing to his campaign for Governor. I am calling on Governor Doyle’s campaign to return any contributions from individuals made while bidding on a state contract.
Additionally, I am calling on the Governor to prohibit his appointees from both giving to his campaign and/or hosting fundraisers on his behalf. Also, he should return any and all contributions from administration officials immediately.
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.
Does Walker still believe that "Wisconsin deserves better" or was he just engaged in partisan politics. I'm guessing you know the answer to that one...