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Walker’s Hypocrisy: On The Road Again

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on March 24, 2009

As I wrote the previous post about the financial crisis that Milwaukee County is in, I linked to a press release from Scott Walker. In this press release, he is congratulating a company from up north on landing a contract with the U.S. Navy. The release ends with this tidbit:

Marinette is one of the stops on the upcoming 6th Annual Executives’ Ride in June, with a stop at the shipyard planned for the riders. The motorcycle ride, to be lead by Walker from June 21 –June 25, touts Milwaukee County tourism and business.

What the …?

I couldn’t believe it. The County, under Walker’s “leadership,” is facing a financial crisis so severe that there is the possibility that the state could intervene and take over the entire county, and he is going to use tax dollars for a bike ride? Sure enough, a quick Google shows that he even is using county resources to promote the event.

The real hypocrisy kicks in when one remembers that just a couple of months ago, Walker said that he found it “mind-boggling” that County Board Supervisors would use a few thousand dollars to go to Washington D.C. to conduct county business during Obama’s inauguration

The argument against the supervisors is that they spent the county money for the personal satisfaction of being able to attend the inauguration. However, the last time Walker was running for governor, he went on his bike ride and spent over $19,000 of our tax money in just giveaways, in what was questioned as being actually part of his gubernatorial campaign.

Given the current financial crisis that the county his facing, in no small part due to him, I fully expect Walker to cancel the bike ride this year.

And given the tenacity that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice gave to the Supervisor’s trip, I would expect much more coverage of Walker’s hypocritical campaign ride at taxpayer’s expense.


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