Friday, February 11, 2011

Madison: Crony Capitol Of The World

Scott Walker has taken cronyism to a whole new level.

It started out relatively quietly, when he appointed Cindy Archer as Deputy Director of Administration.  Archer was Walker's Director of Administration at Milwaukee County, She apparently earned her reward for her skill at obfuscation and intimidation of her underlings. (Rumor has it that she bullied one high level administrator into resigning because he didn't want to aid in the cover up of the ongoing John Doe investigation.)  Ironically, he has also appointed Archer to his inappropriately named Fraud Commission.

Then he gave Judas Plale his thirty pieces of silver for the work he did for Walker by voting against the union contracts just before the end of last year.  Walker appointed Plale as the administrator of the Division of State Facilities.  It is beyond me why the media hadn't made more of a stink about this or that no one has filed an ethics complaint.

More recently, Walker named Stephen Fitzgerald to head up the State Patrol.  If that name sounds familiar, it's because he is the father of the Fitzgerald boys, Walker's head thugs in each branch of the legislature.  Even the media started to notice that Walker's actions were starting to fail the smell test on this one.

Most recently, we learned that Walker has taken his former Chief of Staff, Tom "Executhug" Nardelli and gave him a $15,000 a year raise by appointing him as administrator of Buildings and Safety.  Nardelli also was a name rumored to be involved in the ongoing John Doe investigation.

Also noteworthy is the fact that if Nardelli manages to stay employed with the state for five years, that will be his fourth pension.  So much for Walker's claims of wanting austerity.

Perhaps the 250,000 jobs that Walker was talking about during the campaign was for his cronies and campaign donors.  Is it any wonder why Walker wanted to do such a blatant power grab early in his regime? Without it, he probably would have been under a half a dozen ethics investigations by now.

 All of this leads to one question: Has anyone seen Tim Russell or Darlene Wink lately?


  1. Looks like Scoot the Weasel is apparently feeling some heat, reminding any potential critics he's ready with a plan to call out the National Guard if there is any dissent related to his short-sighted and idiotic call to formally begin busting public employee unions. Are there 250K Guardspersons in WI? Do they need to be paid overtime and benefits?

    Uncertain as he seems to be about his positions and policies that he feels buying loyalty from his cronies might no longer be enough could be considered hilarious if it was not so ultimately destructive to our precious State and the general welfare of its population.

  2. You people make me sick. Taxpayers should see their tax used to fund the Democrat Party. I'm fine with letting the public employees be a union but they shouldn't be allowed to give campaign contributions to any political. The days of fat lazy public employees getting free healthcare and pensions are over. HAIL A NEW DAY IN WISCONSIN WHERE THE TAXPAYERS FINALLY GET THEIR DUE AGAINST COMMIE LIBERIAL LAZY CORRUPT POLITICALS FROM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous 12:59-

    But you are OK with Walker's government giving your tax money to Big Business with nothing to show for it, but a higher tax bill for you, you losing your job and your home?

    You still lose, but in a much bigger way if Walker is allowed to get his way. If you are too ignorant to see that, that's your problem, but we'll still keeping fighting for you anyway.