In one of the dumbest photo-ops of his executive tenure, Gov. Tony Evers’ is seen with Department of Transportation crews “fixing” potholes. As they “work,” the Democrat and his DOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson appear to be breaking several workplace safety rules.
Fitting that the pictures and press release were sent on April Fool’s Day.
Evers and Thompson made three stops across the state on Thursday on “Pothole Patrol” to “repair potholes and discuss the governor’s Badger Bounceback agenda’s investments for local roads and highways,” according to the press release. They graced the highway crews with their presence in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, and Appleton, and spoke with local leaders about their communities’ needs.
“I always said we were going to fix the darn roads, so that’s what Craig and I spent the day doing,” Evers said, repeating the theme used by Thompson and his former road builder lobbyist organization to help Evers get elected.
While the governor has been iron-fisted in his mask mandate, he’s loosey goosey on highway safety equipment, based on the photos.
The crew should be wearing safety glasses. They’re not. Evers should be wearing safety glasses and side shields. He’s not. In one photo, the governor is next to a swing hazard — a shovel at head level — without a hard hat.
But OSHA rules be damned. Mr. Mask Mandate has a photo-op to fix.