Saturday, February 22, 2014

Walker, Again Nixonian

Walker, like Nixon, was pulling the strings and directing public employees to stealthily serve his political needs.

Dan Bice shows Walker directing staff to post glowing comments about the boss:

In one instance in May 2010, for example, a close ally posted online a portion of a Walker email almost verbatim on a Journal Sentinel story just minutes after receiving the directive. Walker had sent the note to an inner circle that included county administrators as well as campaign operatives.
That's what got low-level Walker County staffer Darlene Wink fired. And a misdemeanor conviction. Talk about scapegoating. And double-standards.

It's all classic Walker behavior: Defaulting to secrecy and stealth after proclaiming that when County Executive he "lived" transparency. What Bunk.

Another example from Bice's story:
On Aug. 21, 2010 — a Saturday — someone posted a lengthy comment to the Journal Sentinel site under the moniker "capt1." In one of the recently released emails, [Cynthia] Archer — the county's administration head at the time — let Walker and other associates know that she was behind the post. 
"I know you have all told me to stay off the blogs. Below is my post to the MJS story on federal $ for teachers. Perhaps this is something SKW should talk about," Archer wrote to her colleagues, using Walker's initials. 
"Capt1" was a regular on the Journal Sentinel website in 2010 and early 2011, a period in which Archer also served as deputy administration secretary under Walker's state administration. "Capt1" posted 114 comments, most of them on weekends or before or after work hours on weekdays. 
Seven were posted on a weekday between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m., a review of the profile shows.


Bill Turner said...

That's what I said: Great minds think alike.

James Rowen said...

I bow to you.

Anonymous said...

charles sykes wrote an online comment praising his book on privacy without identifying himself as the commenter. maybe walker's staff got the idea from him.