This is Graeme Zielinski, the communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
I’m enjoying a cold Sprecher root beer and taking a break after a few days following Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker around as he uses taxpayer and corporate dollars to pay for a motorcycle joyride around our beautiful state with his family and supporters. The weather’s been great. But the ethics of this thing sure are awfully cloudy.
That’s because the more I see of this trip, the clearer it becomes that Scott Walker is illegally campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime.
Supposedly, this trip is to promote Milwaukee County. But stop after stop, nobody is showing up at any of his events beside a few Republican cronies. At night, along with Walker’s campaign and county staff, they are eating at fancy restaurants with Walker (the place he ate at last night, the Green Mill in Eau Claire, looked like it had a pretty nice-and pricey-lobster and shrimp linguini).
In fact, this trip has nothing to do with the promotion of Milwaukee County-which Scott Walker has left in ruins.
We all know this trip is all about the promotion of Scott Walker.
Everywhere we go, there are partisans who have come out to see Scott Walker for the sole fact that he’s running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Whether it was in Beaver Dam, where the a UW-Whitewater College Republican showed up in a deserted parking lot to pledge her allegiance to Walker. Or in La Crosse, where right-wing state Rep. Mike Huebsch belittled the depths of the messes Walker caused. Huebsch spoke even as a Milwaukee County department head, who should have been back working in Milwaukee, unfurled banners with the logo of Walker’s corporate campaign sponsor.
Of course, our supporters have been showing up for this corporate- and taxpayer-funded joyride too, holding up signs that say things like, “Don’t Let Scott Walker do to Wisconsin What He’s Done To Milwaukee,” and “Scott Walker: Riding Wisconsin Families Into the Ground.”
In the coming days, you’re going to hear a lot more about what we think of the legality of this trip. You may even see our banners as Scott Walker rumbles into town on the taxpayer dime-and away from any responsibility for all the problems he has caused as Milwaukee County executive.
See you down the road,
Democratic Party of Wisconsin