Monday, February 06, 2006

A few questions that need answers

OK, I've been gone and haven't had a chance to read everything, but this Journal Sentinel story raised some questions for me:
Jensen's attorney, Stephen Meyer, on Thursday filed a summary of testimony from Prosser, who was prepared to say on the witness stand that campaigning on state time was routine during his tenure.

When Prosser served as speaker in 1995 and 1996, current Republican candidates for governor Mark Green and Scott Walker were in the Assembly.

Walker is now the Milwaukee County executive, and Green is in the U.S. House. The two are seeking the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Green was the caucus chairman of the Assembly Republicans at the time. Mark Graul, Green's campaign manager, said Green never directed employees to campaign on state time, but he did not know whether Green was aware of political activity by state workers.

Graul said he did not know if aides ever raised funds for Green on state time or created campaign literature for him. Graul said he did not believe they did, because Green never had an opponent, even when he first ran for an open seat in 1992.

"Mark Green is about as squeaky clean and ethical a guy as they come," Graul said. "He certainly never directed the activities of staffers and political campaigns or anything of that nature."

Green was traveling in northern Wisconsin Friday afternoon and his cell phone was out of signal range, said Graul, who was an aide to Green during part of his time in the Assembly.
Couple that with this from a Wis. State Journal story:
In the criminal complaint against Jensen, former ARC director Ray Carey said that during his tenure from 1994 to 1999, the primary duties of his government job were campaign-related. As speaker in 1995 and 1996, Prosser headed the ARC and was Carey's direct supervisor.
Green was Assembly Republican caucus chair from 1995 to 1998.

A few questions:

So are we to believe that Green, as caucus chair, didn't know that the guy who was the caucus director was mainly doing campaign work?

Do you believe that?

Are we going to take Mark Graul's word for that?

Is a reporter ever going to confront Mark Green directly?

Have you ever heard of a campaign for governor where a candidate is completely out of touch and can't be reached at his next stop, even if he is beyond cell phone range?

More later.


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