Walker Has to Stay in Wisconsin, too
Scott Walker (R-Not Running for President When He's in Wisconsin), the first Governor in Wisconsin with a secret, private schedule (a "summary" is published the following month) which nicely hides how little time he actually spends in the state he was elected to govern, is chained to Wisconsin for at least the next week.
Yes, no flights to fundraisers or the Fox Snooze curvy couch in his near future. No schmoozing with donors or his puppet masters for a while. Nope. He has to stay home. He's at the Milwaukee County Courthouse where's he's been picked for a jury already in a case involving a personal injury (he was rejected for a murder trial).
Here's the Skinny:
He's on Jury Duty and has been picked for a jury already.
In a state where "did they sign a recall petition" has become a standard test of anyone with an opinion, much less a set of facts, donations to the Walker campaign haven't become a similar litmus test. As it happens, it's been revealed that that the defendant in the case Walker will decide donated thousands of dollars to Walkers campaign.
Gov. Scott Walker remained on a jury in a personal injury civil trial Tuesday, despite having received campaign donations from an executive of an insurance company that is a defendant in the case.He's still on the jury, too.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Kevin Martens noted someone had disclosed to him that the governor had received donations from a Secura executive. The judge made his remarks before jurors were brought into the courtroom.
He was originally scheduled to serve his jury duty in July of last year, but a large fire in the Milwaukee County Courthouse closed all but essential services for a few weeks. The fire, later determined to have been caused by an outdated electrical system, postponed trials and other county business. Walker was rescheduled to serve this week. As a resident of Wauwatosa, he serves on the Milwaukee County jury pool.
The fire in the courthouse itself, should have raised questions from our Republican loving, corporate media. Walker, while County Executive, steered funds from building maintenance into other projects. No questions have been asked whether either the courthouse electrical system or the O'Donnell parking structure (where injuries and even 1 death resulted from falling chunks of concrete which occurred repeatedly) had maintenance deferred while Walker controlled the county budget.
Of course if either the courthouse electrical system or parking structure concrete had signed a recall petition, that would have been front paged news.
You might want to check out the post on Cognitive Dissonance for another take on this.
And more snark from Blue Cheddar on our hapless Governator being grounded.
This space for rent until other news becomes available.
Update: No, no news on the story itself, just that I won't be around for a bit. I've got the flu since yesterday and a nap is desperately calling. See you later.