Karen Timberlake has one thing going for her: She’s not Andrea Palm.
Timberlake, who once served in Democrat “Diamond” Jim Doyle’s administration before lobbying for health care industry clients, took over Gov. Tony Evers’ Department of Health Services in January. The DHS Secretary-designee replaced the god-awful Palm who, before taking the No. 2 Health and Human Services post in the Biden administration locked down Wisconsin and thoroughly botched Wisconsin’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.
While Timberlake hasn’t outright stripped Wisconsin citizens of their basic liberties, the liberal health bureaucrat has taken up the governor’s Woke governance mantle.
As Empower Wisconsin reported last week, Timberlake shrugged off the Joint Finance Committee’s decision to remove Evers’ “equity and inclusion” initiatives from the budget. Timberlake defiantly declared DHS is going ahead with opening its Office of Health Equity.
“JFC has opted not to move forward with that but we at DHS, with our partners at the Department of Administration … have moved forward with a reorganization anyway. And so we’re very excited to announce the creation of that new office and that new director,” she smugly said.
Such new initiatives are a bold move for an agency that has struggled to provide basic, critical services, particularly to at-risk populations, over the run of the pandemic.
Timberlake’s DHS has failed to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the state’s assisted living facilities, which serve some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable populations. And, more recently, DHS and the Department of Public Instruction couldn’t find tens of thousands of low-income children who ended up missing out on meal assistance, part of a federal program to make sure kids forced into failing virtual learning schools were still getting breakfast and lunch.
But Timberlake is making radical, race-based policies a top priority. Another “Karen” using her privilege to further a political agenda that only proves to divide Wisconsinites.
This Karen is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.