In an article issued by the Associated Press on Monday, Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), Wisconsin State Chairman of ALEC, appears to be abandoning his support of Scott Walker just as the John Doe investigation into crimes committed by staff members during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive looms ever closer to Walker himself. According to Politiscoop, the investigation has netted a total of 15 felonies among five Walker associates. Tim Russell, Kelly Rindfleisch, Kevin Kavanaugh, Brian Pierick, William Gardner and Darlene Wink face charges ranging from, “campaigning on county time to child pornography.” The article continues, “Gov. Walker has remained consistent in denying any knowledge of wrong doing, while at the same time spending thousands of dollars on high-powered criminal defense attorneys.”
One associate who has yet to be named is Dorothy J. Moore, Walker’s Executive Assistant in Milwaukee County who followed him to the Governor’s office. It was Moore who “quickly transferred” Ian Murphy to Walker’s Chief of Staff Keith Gilkes, allowing Murphy to complete his infamous fake Koch phone call in which Walker happily and unethically accepted Murphy/Koch’s offer to be flown out to “Cali” to celebrate “dropping the bomb,” a.k.a. the Budget Repair Bill. This 144-page ALEC-inspired piece of legislation was introduced on a Thursday with the proclamation by Vos, Co-Chair of the Joint Finance Committee, that it would be passed the following Tuesday. This drew hundreds of thousands of citizens to the capitol in a dramatic display of 1st and 4th amendment rights. In an attempt to filibuster the bill, as well as to resist the tyrannical orders that they and the public would only get one week to review and give input on it, fourteen Senate Democrats left the state.
It’s no wonder state Republicans are turning tail and fleeing the insanity. Early this year, Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) broke with party lock-step to introduce a new mining bill. He also voted against the G-Tac-authored bill that was illegally passed in the Assembly after the public was removed and the doors to the gallery were locked in violation of Article IV, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution that requires the doors of the legislature to remain open. Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau), facing a recall herself, resigned on March 23, the final day of the last legislative session.
Now Republican Assembly leader Robin Vos, dubbed “The Grand Pooh-Bah of ALEC” by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison), has come out with a statement that could be construed as carefully constructed to distance himself from the possible future felon, Scott Walker.
Scott Bauer’s AP piece was picked up by Gannett News and fed to hundreds of news outlets around the country, some with the headline, State Republicans: Votes for fake Democrats help our cause. At first glance, the headline might seem innocent enough as if it were a quote from within the article. However, the lack of quotation marks also makes it appear as if it’s an open message to Republicans around the state to vote for the fake Democrats being run in the primaries by the GOP.
Bauer interviewed Vos, who claimed there is no organized effort to encourage Republicans to vote for fake Democrats. But when asked about Arthur Kohl-Riggs, the young Republican running on a Bob LaFollette Republican platform, Bauer reports that Vos said, “That makes it unlikely there will be widespread crossover voting in that race.” Vos continued, “I still think when people see two names on the ballot, they are so supportive of Gov. Walker almost to the point of being all in. I think they’re going to want to vote for him even knowing this guy’s a whack job.”
Is Vos giving the signal it’s time to give up on Walker?