Friday, June 24, 2011

An exemplar of Scott Walker's Wisconsin values

This is too funny. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thought he had the perfect photo op. He was all set to hold a sweet signing ceremony for his union busting budget bill at a local manufacturing plant on Sunday. But there a small problem. Turns out nobody vetted the chief executive of the company.
DeCaster was convicted of eight felony counts of income tax evasion in the mid-1990s and was sentenced to three months behind bars. He was also fined $10,000, ordered to pay another $3,700 to cover prosecutors' expenses and given two years of supervised release. [...]

"It was something we wish we would have known on the front end," [Walker spokesman]Werwie said.
And it gets better:
Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch had been quoted earlier in the day praising the metal company, calling it an exemplar of Wisconsin values.

"Green Bay, and certainly the company that we're going to, reflects really what this budget and what Governor Walker's first term here is all about," Huebsch told Wispolitics.
Extra funny, because it turned out to be true. Needless to say, they found another manufacturer to host the photo shoot and one assumes they checked his criminal record first.

Addendum: It appears Think Progress may have broken this story but it doesn't appear they're being credited for it.

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