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Former Dem Staffer Goes All “Righteous Indignation”

Ah, it must be Jay Heck time.

And it is!

The leader of a state government watchdog group on Wednesday called for an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s comments with a prank caller purporting to be a major donor.

Jay Heck, executive director of Wisconsin Common Cause, said Walker’s remarks seeking support for Republicans from swing districts from a caller posing as an energy industry executive should be reviewed by the state Government Accountability Board.

Coordinating campaign strategy with a group that conducts independent campaign expenditures would be a law or ethics violations, Heck said.

He acknowledged that such coordination in this case couldn’t happen because Walker wasn’t really talking to Koch, whose firm Koch Industries has contributed heavily to Walker and other conservative candidates and causes.

Heck said Walker’s recorded suggestion nonetheless deserved scrutiny.

Frankly, I’m not going to dwell into the “Koch” phone call other than to say it was dumb to take and whoever cleared it to higher-ups in the Governor Walker’s office should have done a better job of vetting; especially after a time was scheduled.  Billionaires tend to have assistants who set up these sorts of calls.  That should have been a red flag right off the bat.

Also, and this is probably my life in campaigns speaking, but someone in the press office should have been informing the front desk to be on the lookout for any strange calls from anyone as the protests were going on.  Anything else is insane speculation best found in the left-wing fever swamps which frankly, is starting to mirror that which they seem to mock the most — Glenn Beck and his blackboard of connection webs.

Anyway, back to Common Cause of Wisconsin…

Don’t you love how the state press likes to never mention that prior to coming on board with Common Cause, Heck was a Democratic State Senate staffer in the 90s.  You think it sort of tells you where the loyalties lie.

And if that isn’t enough — because it usually never is — take a look at who’s on the “Common Cause Advisory Board” as of 2009.

(Identifications of the ones I at least know of, or heard of in Italics.)

Maxine Hough – East Troy , Co-Chair — Former Democratic State Legislator, currently employed in the Department of Public Instruction (Thanks for the bio Common Cause!)

Bill Kraus – Madison , Co-Chair  — Former staffer of former-Governor Lee Dreyfus (R), since become liberal activist, commenter, and columnist for the Madison Capital Times and former Democratic Gubernatorial and Senatorial candidate Ed Garvey’s “FightingBob.com.”

Nino Amato – Madison  — Chair, Wisconsin Coalition of Aging Groups; a known conglomerate of liberal special interest groups.

Richard Anderson – Pewaukee

David Beckwith – Milwaukee

Dave Behrendt – Milwaukee

Rick Berg – Madison

Naomi Gunderson Bodway – Osseo

Sarah Botham- Barneveld

Tim Cullen – Janesville  — Former, now again Democratic State Senator for the Janesville-Beloit areaCurrent whereabouts believed to be in Harvard, IL.

Vivien DeBack – Hales Corners

Mike Drew – Shorewood

Steven Gores – La Crosse  (UPDATE) — Former Member, La Crosse School Board, 2009 La Crosse Mayoral Candidate

Bert Grover – Gresham (UPDATE) — Former Democratic State Legislator, Former State Superintendent.

Stan Gruszynski – Porterfield — Former Democratic State Legislator.

David Martin – Muscoda

E. Michael McCann of Milwaukee — Former Democratic District Attorney of Milwaukee County.

Daniel Meyer – Wisconsin Rapids

Robert Schweder – Princeton

Frederick Trost – Elkhart Lake — Pastor at U.C.C. Church, significant in the leftward-tilt seen in the politics of most Wisconsin U.C.C. congregations

Roger Utnehmer – Sturgeon Bay — Newspaper publisher and personal friend of former Doyle appointee, Democratic Congressional Candidate, and Brown Co. Executive Nancy Nusbaum.

Dirk Zylman – Sheboygan — Former Chair of the Sheboygan County Democratic Party, as well as former co-panelist on WHBL’s “Friday Forum” with myself back in 2005-2006 when I’d occasionally fill-in as the panel’s conservative.

By the way, the 2010 list is pretty much the same, just doesn’t include Cullen.

Someone please remind me, why does Common Cause get the “non-partisan” name attached to it again?

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  • Guest

    Nusbaum was a Republican candidate for Congress before she was a Democratic one. And you missed the fact that Bert Grover was a Democratic legislator before he was Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    You sure you’re from Northeast Wisconsin? Or is it Northeast Virginia now?

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  • scoop

    so it’s important to know the labels of folks when looking at their views, but you’ve shown you don’t include your labels, former bush appointee, SCAB, etc
    kinda hypocritical?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I’m well aware that Nancy ran as a Republican first. It was in 1994,
    and lost to Toby Roth. She officially switched parties around 2004 or 2005,
    was heralded as “Wisconsin’s Jim Jeffords” by her long-time liberal friends.

    Hell, I even emailed former Green Bay radio host Bill LuMaye (Remember him?)
    at his new gig in North Carolina when she ran in 2006 as a Democrat. Bill
    and I shared many laughs that day.