Pretty sure even Christian Schneider didn’t know what he had here when he raised this as his #4 point in his blog post today on the 1-year anniversary of the Walker Recall.
At the heart, is a May 30, 2012 report from the liberal news site “Talking Points Memo,” in an article written by former 2002 Barrett gubernatorial campaign staffer Eric Kleefeld.
As for the complaints about the Marquette poll itself, Tate took issue with the poll’s demographic sampling, contending that conservative Milwaukee suburbs were over-represented and the Madison media market was under-represented, and with too few young voters.
Tate and state party spokesman Scot Ross also raised suspicions about who might be paying for the poll, and whether the state’s conservative think tanks were involved. They also sharply criticized professor Charles Franklin, who led the poll.
“It’s unfortunate that Marquette University associates itself with professor Franklin,” said Tate, “and as well puts this poll out there as if it’s an accurate reading of the electorate when clearly it’s not.”
Are the Democrats saying that Franklin is a dishonest man?
“No. I’m not saying that,” Tate told TPM. “I also had professor Franklin at the University of Wisconsin, and he was pretty clear with my class that he was a conservative. But I don’t think he’s a dishonest man.
Where to start with this treasure trove of insights…
1) He hasn’t been a “state party spokesman” for a number of years (he’s a past Communications Director), but why the hell was Scot Ross on a Democratic Party of Wisconsin conference call with the press? Let alone allowed to speak on the party’s behalf?
2) While it is entirely possible that Kleefeld meant former DPW Comms Director Graeme Zielinski, only Ross and OWN have a well-known history of targeting pollsters they believe have ties to conservative organizations. In 2010, it was One Wisconsin Now and Ross who led the charge against UW professor Ken Goldstein simply because he was doing work for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.
DPW tried (and failed) in early 2012 to try to smear Prof. Franklin’s polling which was showing the recall not going their way by once again bringing up Goldstein’s name. It’s a trick they still get many of the more liberal columnists to bite on, like Bruce Murphy did in October of 2012.
3) If Franklin’s a conservative, I must be listening to the wrong stories from all my old colleagues who had him as a professor themselves at UW-Madison. Then again, anyone to the right of Trotsky could be a conservative in Mike Tate’s eyes.
(Though one now wonders if Franklin on occasion looks at his old grade books from UW-Madison, stare at Tate’s name and go “Punk.”)
Finally…If this article is wrong, why has OWN let it stand for over a year without demanding a correction?
So, I guess the only thing to now ask is who at the IRS — I know they’re busy, but this is a redemption case if I ever saw one — do I call to ask about One Wisconsin Now’s 501C4. I’ve been hearing they’re supposed to look into violations of known coordination and the like.
(I’d go ask the GAB or Dan Bice to do it, but the GAB is worthless and Dan’s so in the pocket of OWN it’s not even worth mocking anymore. It’s sad.)
UPDATE: Scot Ross says in the comments that he was on leave from OWN from January 2012 until June 2012, first serving as a spokesman for Kathleen Falk (I knew this.) and then for DPW (I did not do this, I presumed he was back at OWN.). Perhaps I would have known the latter if say…Graeme Zielinski didn’t have a giant hissy fit and take the Wisconsin Reporter off the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s press release list, threaten our credentials in the state capitol and treat us like a real news organization instead of trying to bully us into covering news the way he demanded.
I apologize for the error.