Empower Wisconsin | June 15, 2020
MADISON — Tony Evers is not a crook.
At least that’s what the governor’s handlers keep telling everybody.
Team Evers last week got caught secretly taping Republican leadership. The surreptitious recordings are from a meeting between Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) on May 14 — the day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the administration’s public health lockdown.
Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the governor was not aware of the recording. Then she said the meeting was also recorded to “make sure” Evers’ team “had an accurate account of what happened because Republicans and Democrats have publicly disagreed over how past meetings had gone,” the newspaper reported.
As Empower Wisconsin reported last week, Baldauff’s explanations sounded a lot like the excuses used by President Richard Nixon’s staff during the throes of “Watergate.”
Nixon, of course, knew he was secretly recording his Oval Office guests.
Evers, according to his staff, was ignorant.
If that is the case, Evers is a bigger dope than we thought he was.
While the governor apparently gave his staff a stern talking to, telling them not to secretly record anybody again, he has taken no action against the unethical schlub(s) who crossed a clear ethical line without Evers permission.
A source close to former Gov. Scott Walker told Empower Wisconsin last week that the Republican would never have dreamed of doing something like Team Evers did. And he would have immediately fired the person who thought secretly taping members of the Legislature a good idea. Walker, the record clearly shows, fired staffers for lesser lapses of judgment.
But Pickle Ball Tony seemingly remains chronically unaware of what his corrupt team is doing in his name. That makes him a tool of major proportion.
And that’s why the governor is once again Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.