Thursday, January 26, 2012

Walker, Eagle Scout, Again Blind To Legal, Moral Questions

Remember the infamous and revealing taped phone call between Scott Walker and a blogger/prankster named Ian Murphy - - whom Walker thought was the Right's uber-financier David Koch?

Murphy suggested that Walker insert provocateurs into the crowds of peaceful protesters at the State Capitol?

Walker didn't say, "Holy cow! That would be wrong. Illegal. Immoral."

No, Walker said that troublemakers might cause a boomeranging political reaction and weaken the fight he'd picked with public unions over collective bargaining.

Murphy: Right, right. Well, we’ll back you any way we can. But, uh, what we were thinking about the crowds was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: You know, the, well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that...My only fear would be is if there was a ruckus caused is that that would scare the public into thinking maybe the governor has gotta settle to avoid all these problems.
So: politics trumps the law, or an ethical response from the Governor.

Flash forward to Thursday's arrest and charging of two more former staffers from his days as Milwaukee County Executive.

The complaint indicates that when Walker found out one of the now-charged staffers had been written up in the Journal Sentinel for using county resources to work on his gubernatorial campaign, he didn't say, "Holy cow! That's wrong. Illegal. Immoral."

He said:
We cannot afford another story like this one," Walker said in the email he sent Russell. "No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc."
Another self-interested politics response. Eagle Scout code, Governor?


kjbe said...

This guy is a piece of work.

Anonymous said...

When did he issue that decree? Sometime after Wink went down in May 2010. That's darn late in his term to inform his staff of a county policy. They weren't told when hired?

What did they know, and when did they know it/What did he know, and when did he know it. . . .

Betsey said...

There are none so blind as those who will not see.