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  •  as much as I hate Scott Walker (9+ / 0-)

    you are totally right. This is the kind of bush-league crap that RedState or the Daily Caller do.

    DKos is better than that.

    The thing is, Walker's job creation record is awful (for the obvious reason that his policy initiatives are bad for workers). He trots out three people who've gotten jobs in his state.

    Tom Evenson, a spokesman for Walker, said Wednesday evening that the administration had contacted employers in the state to see if they could recommend workers hired since Walker took office in 2011 who would be interested in being mentioned in the annual speech.
    Three people.

    In the whole state.

    Who've gotten jobs since 2011.


    That's embarrassing enough. Let's not submarine a private citizen for the crimes he's already served time for. We are better than that.

    So let's let Scott Walker's spokesperson do that:

    "Obviously, if we had been aware of this individual's prior convictions, he would not have been invited to participate," Evenson said by email.
    And Scott Walker:
    “They did not do a full scale background check, which is why (he) slipped through," Walker said. "Obviously, we would never had this person up if that was the case".
    •  Absolutely (4+ / 0-)

      I am a part-time WI resident, and will be a full-time one when I retire in 4-5 years. So, I am quite concerned about the MIssissippifacation of the state.

      There is PLENTY of bad stuff that Walker has done. But this is just cheap low-hanging fruit. And the response to the attack by Walker's office was not helpful, but the attack was wrong in the first place, so I give him a pass on the response.

      We have millions of people who are felons in this country. We need to focus on the success that these folks have after they have corrected their mistakes. Either that, or just shoot them immediately after that first jay-walk.

      •  it's not wrong to check the people he highlighted (8+ / 0-)

        The Governor points out three random people by name to support his agenda, you have to check them out.

        It turns out that one of those people is a registered sex offender with a checkered past, and none of that information was included in the Governor's speech? You have to ask the Governor about it.

        And then it turns out the Governor didn't know? No only that, he and his staff go on record to say that if they had known they wouldn't have used him?

        That is news. I hope that nothing bad happens to this poor schmoe (who probably thought his bosses would give him a bonus or something). But those quotes show that this is a real story and it's all about Walker's incompetence.

        •  Some checks are legit (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:

          1) Does he have a job?
          2) Was it due to some program of the Walker Admin?
          3) Is he a valued employee?

          What does his past have to do with his current job performance? That is the issue.

          This business of continually hitting politicians for hiring ex-felons is pernicious and wrong. Democrats and Republicans do it, and we should unilaterally disarm. We should be in favor of those who have done better and have turned things around.

          I am an atheist, but I stand with Jesus, who said on Gethsemene to the thief on his right "Verily I say unto you, that on this day we shall stand together in paradise."

          •  calling a spade a spade isn't morally wrong (0+ / 0-)

            I'm not judging this random guy, I don't know him. It seems like he's gotten his act together at least enough that his employer thought he'd be a good person to represent them and the Governor on stage. Good for him.

            •  Well he might potentially lose his job now (0+ / 0-)

              And unemployment and poverty push recidivism.

              " Walker said he had assumed that the man's employer, Ariens Co. in Brillion, had done a background check when it actually had not. Ariens spokeswoman Ann Stilp issued a statement saying the company recommended Barber for the speech as an example of an employee who had been unemployed before coming to Ariens.

              "We recommended him because he demonstrated initiative in turning seasonal employment into full-time employment and used training to advance to a welder position within the company," Stilp said. "We did this based on his job performance as an employee since December of 2012. As part of recommending him for the speech, we did not know the details of his record."

              Stilp said Ariens is now reviewing its hiring process.

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              Still the issue isn't that the man had a record, it's the fact nobody bothered to vet them before hand to avoid potential embarrassment like this. It's hardly the first time it's happened either that the media got hold of the fact someone had a less than savoury past that was showed as a upstanding example by a politician either, though it's the first I recall in 6 years or more personally.

    •  why is it so hard (7+ / 0-)

      for the Wisconsin state government to do a simple background check? They were able to turn down people who didn't have the correct political views.

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:11:27 PM PST

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    •  He would have been BETTER OFF (0+ / 0-)

      if he had not been "invited to participate."

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