Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Walker, GOP's Go-To Mining Guy Undermines GOP's Mining Bill

Talk about digging yourself a hole, as Dan Bice explains:

Tim Sullivan, the head of the Wisconsin Mining Association, is coming under fire for taking a paid position with a firm that would compete directly with the proposed $1.5 billion iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin...

Rep. Scott Suder, the incoming Assembly majority leader, criticized Sullivan for not disclosing his ties to Cliffs when he testified before a Senate committee last week on the mining legislation...

"I find this very disturbing," Suder said of Sullivan's work for Cliffs. "This raises some pretty serious red flags about Tim Sullivan's personal ethics and all of his comments about mining over the last six months."
Walker sure can pick 'em:
Two months after the bill died in the Senate Walker asked Tim Sullivan, the former CEO of mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International, to bring mining experts and conservation leaders together to see if there's a way to get the mine approved.


Anonymous said...

You are shocked to learn that Tim Sullivan has ties to the mining industry?? Tim Sullivan has been one of the most rational, level headed voices on the mining bill issues. His most recent remarks suggest that he feels that AB426 needs some improvements to make it more compatible with federal regulations, which may not be what some mining advocates would like to hear.

If the current senate mining committee had one ounce of sense, they would beg Tim Sullivan to give them his insights on what changes need to be made and then incorporate this into their own bill. Instead, tomorrows hearing will be another empty exercise in meaningless theatrics.

stop mining said...

Agree 7:13

JB said...

Anon 7:13, I believe that the mining committee did exactly what you prescribed last week when Tim Sullivan testified at their informational hearing on November 29. Listen at

No need to beg anyone.