Walker: Our Lying, Evasive, Waffling Governor

State, political campaign scandal

An anonymous commenter summed it up this way:  Walker has a knack for hiring criminals, getting caught lying, getting embroiled in John Doe investigations for shady activities, and he can't answer a yes or no question or make a key decision.

Hmm.  There's  already  been some media coverage on those issues.

Check out the  Scott Walker Watch post Scott Walker holds on to criminal defense fund as John Doe investigation ends with criminal conviction , which conveys that the John Doe investigation which ended last year, led to the criminal convictions of six individuals, including 3 ex-Walker aides, a campaign donor, and one appointee.

Scott Walker can't handle the truth declares James Rowen's blog (The Political Environment) . The blog post  informs us that Walker and three other Republican governors (Rick Perry, Rick Scott, and Chris Christie) were among PolitiFact's ten most-vetted politicians. And among those four governors, Walker had the fewest statements rated "True"  (only 9)  and the worst True-to-False ratio.

Walker has been caught bending the truth many times argues Dave Zweifel in his recent Capital Times column Plain Talk: Emails Reveal How Much Our Governor Lies . Indeed,   several of Walker's  statements have been rated as 'false' or 'pants on fire' by the fact-checking service known as PolitiFact.  Zweifel contends,  "Walker's book 'Unintimidated,' is chock full of claims about incidents that never occurred or if they did he varnished them beyond recognition."   Additionally, the released emails of Kelly Rindfleisch, a key Walker aide when he was Milwaukee County executive,  tie Walker to a "secret email system that was set up to escape public scrutiny of his taxpayer-paid staff's involvement in his gubernotorial campaign."   During the John Doe investigation, "the governor maintained he knew nothing about that or about claims that his staff was doing campaign work on the taxpayer's dime."  Walker insisted he had zero tolerance for government employees doing campaign work while on the clock.  And yet "The released emails show he received regular communications on the secret email system and from Rindfleisch, who was convicted last year of a felony and is appealing her sentence."

And then there's Walker's interview on Fox News Sunday and his evasive replies to Chris Wallace's questions.  Read the  Journal Sentinel   report about it.

Or  The Huffington Post's  Scott Walker Continues To Dodge Questions On Emails:

"Walker has faced scrutiny on whether he and his aides used a "secret" email system to hide communications from the public. The governor has declined to say whether he had knowledge of the system or if he used it himself.

In the Sunday interview, Wallace pressed Walker on the private accounts:

WALLACE: If county workers were doing nothing wrong, why should they be using a private e-mail account?

WALKER: Well, but that’s exactly to my point. You had a Democratic district attorney spend almost three years looking at every single one of those communications, interviewing people, talking to people and closed the case last March.

WALLACE: Did you have your own private e-mail account?

WALKER: It’s one of those where I point out, the district attorney has reviewed every single one of these issues--

WALLACE: But sir, you’re not answering my question.

WALKER: No, because I’m not going to get into 27,000 different pieces of information. The bottom line is a Democrat who led the district attorney's office looked at all of this and decided not to charge anything other than the individuals you mentioned, who are people who worked for the county in the past who don't work for me today. I think that's pretty straightforward."

The Green Bay Gazette's article Republican Questions Kenosha Casino Approval Criteria  reminds us that the Menominee Nation wants to build a casino in Kenosha.  Although it has won federal approval for the project, Governor Walker has the final say on the casino. Walker said approval hinges on no new net gambling, community support and consensus from the state's other 10 tribes.
But the fact is, all 11 tribes do not support the casino proposal.  Indeed,  two Wisconsin tribes ( the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi) are adamantly opposed to a Kenosa casino. 
Wisconsin Senate president Mike Ellis of Neenah questions Gov. Scott Walker's criteria for approving a new tribal casino, saying the standards contradict the free market system. Ellis told reporters he's surprised at Walker's critieria, especially when the governor is trying to create jobs.
To approve the casino or not is an important but difficult decision--so what does Walker do?  Instead of making it, he waffles/ stonewalls.   For more,  go to  the Journal Sentinel report  Walker Seeks To Delay Casino Decision Until After Election

Do you remember Walker's criticism of Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun?  The Journal Sentinel, July 23, 2013 reported:  
In a telephone interview Tuesday, the GOP governor said that " it was bad enough that he broke the rules, but the fact that he didn't immediately fess up to it, that he dragged it all out...It's not just what he did, it's that he strung us out for so long."

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