In a shocking display of outright denial, missed irony, and out of control projection, Republican Sec. of Veterans Affairs John Scocos defended his mismanagement of the Veterans Home at King. Let's count the excuses down:
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1. “Cherry picked photographs from a small number of disgruntled individuals and politicians do not tell an accurate story,” wrote Scocos. “WDVA's accomplishments are incontrovertible.”
2. “Over the past several months the Veterans Home at King has been the target of increasing political attacks,”
3. “It is a terrible shame and a reflection of the state of our state politics that some individuals are using our cherished Heroes as political weapons,”
4. Scocos visited the King home, holding a meeting with employees, veterans service groups and some residents … Jim Partridge, 82, a Marine Corps veteran (said) “The people who should have been there didn’t know about it … said that when someone in the audience asked Scocos who talked to a reporter about concerns at King, he said the agency would “eventually find out who did it.” “They are going to find excuses and innocent people are going to get hurt or fired,” he said. Partridge said many residents at King are scared to come forward and voice concerns about their lives there.
The fact that Scocos is high on retribution and playing the blame game, because nothing is ever his fault, Scott Walker saw Scocos as a kindred spirit. So Walker hired Scocos back after he got tossed out in 2009:
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Nearly two years after John Scocos, a Republican and U.S. Army Reserve colonel was fired as state veterans secretary, Gov. Scott Walker has reappointed him to his old job.
Let's look at why Scocos was fired back in November of 2009, and why hiring him back was an in your face political decision by Walker; Scocos' management style is amazingly similar to Walker's according to Disabled American Veterans, who laid it out in a press release:
1. “former Secretary Scocos is an extremely polarizing figure who raises extreme passion in the veterans community. He is not a unifying force, but a disruptive one with a profound number of enemies.
2. Former Secretary Scocos had 11 years to organize WDVA into a smoothly running professional agency. Instead he went the other way. He took an organization that performed admirably under his predecessor, Secretary Ray Boland, and planted the seeds of dysfunction and acrimony.
3. He demonstrated no ability to administer, manage or lead. DAV received reports that he did not coordinate the activities of his department managers in a positive manner, but instead his poor management style pitted them against one another.
4. Scocos wasted valuable time attacking perceived enemies. Some DAV officials, when making suggestions to better the lives of veterans, felt his wrath instead of his gratitude.