NEWS BLOG (WSAU) Governor Walker says he doesn’t check to see
if his political appointees signed the recall petition against him. You might
say, ‘so what’. Surely his staffers do the vetting work before a nomination is
made public. But sometimes they don’t.
Administration says the reason Joshua Inglett was nominated anyway to the UW
Board of Regents is because his name was misspelled when petition-signer’s
names were entered into a data base. But conservatives groups found his name
quickly enough – about a day after the nomination was announced. Inglett says
he was asked many questions by Walker’s aides, but the recall petition question
was never asked.
This is incredible. And… Governor Walker’s
supporters need to tell the administration that whether a person signed or not
needs to be the first question asked, and is a disqualifier if the answer is “yes,
I signed it.”
One of the governor’s biggest powers is to
make appointments to state government… some of the appointees continue at their
posts after the governor’s term ends.
When people went out and kept Governor
Walker in office, they sent a clear message that Walker’s policies and agenda were preferred
over his opponents. Those voters expect the governor’s appointees to represent
and carry out those policies. To appoint people who wanted Scott Walker removed
from office creates potential choke-points for the governor’s agenda, and is
disrespectful of the voters who had to cast ballots twice – not once – on Walker’s behalf.