Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has hired a consultant to identify ways to speed up testing at the state crime labs as criticism over delays mounts.
Ah, the Hire-a-consultant-gambit. Well played, sir.
It's the classic first step by a public official who is a) acknowledging that there is a problem, but b) passing off the responsibility to get it fixed to someone else c) using more of your money.
So look for these follow-up do-nothing-real steps:
Step 2. Issue a proclamation, pretending that words are actions.
Step 3. Appoint a Blue Ribbon Task Force, with more strong words and responsibilities assigned to others.
Step 4. Give the Task Force a 'report-by' date after the election, but keep their updates coming and publicized. Illusion sells better if momentum can be conjured.
Step 5. Convert the issue into a campaign video and post it with a claim to leadership, just as Schimel did when touting his 'leadership' on the state's worsening opioid crisis.