Republican Assembly leader Rep. Robin Vos may have let something very illegal slip from his lips on last Sunday' on Upfront with Mike Gousha. It was an online segment of the show that didn't make the broadcast.
In a breathtaking moment of honesty and arrogance, Vos used the threat of political extortion for any business not on the same page as Republicans. Of course Vos was also referring to pay-to-play campaign donations as a way to smooth things out. I'm still literally speechless. Gousha looked stunned but at the same time amused, and kept the conversation going:
Vos: "As I said this week, having one of the Bucks new owners go and greet Barack Obama on the tarmac in the middle of the Mary Burke campaign probably wasn’t the wisest decision.This appears to be a violation of state law, no matter how "honest" Vos claims he's trying to be:
Gousha: “Why should that bother you? You know he’s been a long time Democratic donor, why does that bother you?
Vos: “It sure does bother me because as you’re coming to us saying you want to be an active participant in the community, picking a team is something like me not picking the right team. Um, I don’t care what his political benefits are, but coming to us saying they want to have hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies, and not taking the wherewithal to say, I’m not gonna get involved in this political discussion in Wisconsin when I don’t have too, sure would have been a better decision from my perspective.”
Gousha: “It bothers you?”
Vos: “It does, I think it makes it harder for me to sell to our caucus. Don’t forget, for people who live in most of the rest of Wisconsin, they look at Milwaukee as a place that already gets too much of our money. And now what you’re doing is making an even more difficult decision happen for a lot of folks around the state. So they’ve got to be a lot smarter with their technique. I mean, I want to bring those jobs and keep them in Wisconsin, but having us give hundreds of millions of dollars to big-time donors who give to Democrats, but also have billions of dollars of their own? That’s a hard sell. So I don’t think they need to do anything that makes my job more difficult."
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