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Weasels On Wheels

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on April 23, 2009

I received the WisPolitics.com PM Update there is a story about Scott Walker’s tax payer funded campaign bike ride. The gist of the article is that Walker is claiming that he will not be doing any campaigning during his “Executive’s Ride”:

But Walker said that if “something else that might be happening” helps attract coverage, he would see that as a bonus, yet keep the conversation on tourism.

“If that makes people want to come out and hear what I have to say about tourism, so be it,” Walker said. “I try to keep a fairly good firewall.”

Walker said promotion of the trip has come from Visit Milwaukee and Summerfest in the past, while expenses such as his hotel rooms, food and gas for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle will come from his county travel budget. Those who join the ride pay their own expenses. He pegged the county cost at a “couple thousand dollars.”

But Walker said a Visit Milwaukee analysis of the publicity generated last year showed it was equivalent to $85,000 in advertising.

There are some serious problems with that.

First, there is absolutely no reason to believe him. This is especially true when one considers what happened four years ago.

Even more galling is his hypocrisy.

In January, when County Board Supervisors Toni Clark and Elizabeth Coggs went to Washington, D.C. to lobby for Milwaukee County, it “happened” to be at the time of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Yet they’ve helped to bring in not mere thousands, but hundreds of millions of dollars of stimulus funds to the Milwaukee County area. But at that time, Walker called their actions “mind-boggling.”

I would love to hear how Walker would explain why he thinks it is OK for him to campaign on the tax payers dollar, but criticize two supervisors who weren’t campaigning, but still helped bring in hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars. Unfortunately, I’m at work when he goes on Charlie Sykes’ show to try to defend himself.

To show that there are no hard feelings even though he is a lying hypocrite and a hypocritical liar, I have ordered up a special bike for him to ride, instead of the used bike that he claims was a gift from his wife. Since he wants to ride a bike so bad while he goes a-campaigning, I thought that he could use a practical one, since he is so full of sh*t:

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