Saturday, September 24, 2011

You Want Cronyism? Look No Further than Gov. Walker and his pet Cindy Archer.

While the D.C. Republicans try to tag Obama for cronyism over a failed solar panel business, state Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker are taking cronyism to an exospheric level with his political appointments (czars).

Empty liberal name calling? Not if you look at the proof:
AP: Three days after Cindy Archer was to have started her job as the legislative liaison at the state Department of Children and Families - and while she was already being paid sick leave for it - the agency interviewed someone else for the same job … The state's open records law … also show the office of Gov. Scott Walker - and not the Department of Children and Families - offered Archer the job at up to 65% more than what the last person to hold the position made. Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson never interviewed Archer for the nearly $100,000-a-year job, even though Anderson is responsible for appointing someone to the post.

Any snappy excuses, tea party trollers? If that wasn’t bad enough, Archer got the job a day before she was offered the position...oops:
The newly released records also show Archer was informed of the job offer on Aug. 19 - a day after she technically received it, according to state paperwork.

Cronyism 2.0? I don’t believe conservative talkers Charlie Sykes, Mark Belling and Vicki McKenna have noticed. Not even a little phony outrage guys?  How about a little "both sides do it"…anything?
The time line: Archer was the No. 2 official in Walker's Department of Administration … She quit that job 16 minutes after being told by Walker chief of staff that she was being offered the job at the Dept. of Children and Families. She was supposed to start the job on Aug. 22, but she started taking paid medical leave that day and has not yet reported for the new position. Three days later, on Aug. 25, Anderson interviewed Heidi Green for the job of legislative liaison, records show. "What is going on?" Green's email asked. "Why would I interview on August 25th if she got the job on the 18th???"
Who's Heidi Green, and why is she making Walker look so bad?
Green is a fundraiser for Republicans and charities who in the past has worked as a legislative aide in Wisconsin and a lobbyist in Illinois. She wrote Hansen follow-up emails after her interview, including one on Sept. 9 in which she said she was "disappointed I have not heard anything from you or your office."
Where are our righteous right wing conservative talkers? Guess a little self criticism might reign in the out of control extremism of their new tea party agenda.

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