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Tool of the Week : Jennifer Shilling and her parting gift

Empower Wisconsin | June 22, 2020. 

MADISON — Jennifer Shilling ended a lackluster tenure in the state Senate by extending her middle finger to the people of Wisconsin and to the very concept of ethics.

Before dashing out to take a high-paying gig with a dairy cooperative, the La Crosse Democrat and Senate minority leader appointed liberal bomb thrower Scot Ross to the Wisconsin Ethics Board. 

That’s like naming Lindsay Lohan president of the Temperance Society. 

As Empower Wisconsin reported last week, Ross graced the commission — his first meeting — with a rant that was completely unrelated to his role as commissioner let alone the objective of the commission. He noted the race of three GOP leaders as if to suggest they had used their power to treat African Americans unfairly. 

Ross, who has garnered a notorious reputation for his f-bomb-laced, race-baiting tweets attacking conservatives, has for years lambasted Republicans as unethical. It’s a hollow charge coming from a Democratic Party operative who got caught up in the early 2000s caucus scandals. He campaigned on state time. 

Now he’s on the ethics commission. 

Why? 

Empower Wisconsin President Adam Jarchow believes it was a purely political stunt on the part of Shilling. Jarchow told conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna last week that there’s some suspicion that Shilling gave Ross the Ethics Commission post to keep him from running for state Rep. Chris Taylor’s seat, Taylor, another Madison radical leftist, recently left the Assembly and was named the next liberal activist judge of a Dane County court seething with liberal activist judges. The idea is, Shilling was trying to protect her old Dem pals in the Senate from having to answer for Ross’ endless reprehensible antics. Ross could be problematic for some of the more vulnerable Dems up for re-election this year, threatening to give the Republican majority veto-proof power in the Senate. 

Whatever the motivation, Shilling stuck Wisconsin with a sick joke, and in the process made the Wisconsin Ethics Commission into a laughingstock. 

For that, Jennifer Shilling richly deserves the disdain of her fellow citizens — and Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week award. 

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