Thursday, June 29, 2006

Turnabout is fair play on ethics

WisPolitics reports that one of the staunchest Republican supporters of SB 1, an ethics reform bill, State Rep. Steve Freese, had this to say today:
Freese said Doyle is disingenuous in his calls for a special session. "If you're truly were a reformer, why wouldn't you call for a special session and put the Republican legislators on the spot, and use the power of the governor's office to help get it passed?"
Here's the deal, Lucille.

The Republicans, who control both houses, have the power to call the legislature into session themselves. It's called an extraordinary session; if the gov calls it, it would be a special session. But the effect would be the same: To call the legislators to the Capitol to act on a specific bill.

So, to turn Freese's statement back at him, if the Republicans really were reformers and want to pass ethics reform, why don't they call an extradordinary session, pass something and put Doyle on the spot?

And why doesn't their fearless leader, Mark Green, ask them to do that?

UPDATE: The Playground Supervisor has some advice for the gov on how to "create a perfect Republican storm."


At 9:26 AM, Blogger Shades said...

So a congressman, who has no state powers whatsoever is supposed to make the call when the current Governor, the elected leader of the state with full executive powers at his disposal will not?

Nice try. The reason Doyle doesn't call for a special session is that he doesn't want days of discussion on the floor of the Assembly regarding all of his transgressions. Even Mr. Lucky-not-to-be-indicted Pocan can't cover for Doyle on the Assembly floor.

But keep the ethics discussions alive. Since Doyle won't answer any media questions - you both seem intereseted in keeping it front and center. Oh that's right - you don't coordinate anything anymore because that would be illegal...

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

If the GOP is so eager to talk about Doyle's ethics, why don't they call the session?

Are they afraid Dems will talk about Green's connections to the caucus scandal, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, his $800,000 in special interest contributions, or what?

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Shades said...

We don't need to call the session because the media are swarming around Doyle like buzzards over a carcass. Why? Because he was too stupid to separate donations from contracts. And, his handling of the mess is even worse.

The caucus scandal - where Shirley Krug and Mark Pocan and Spencer Black smehow escaped prosecution? Their hypocrisy is amazing.

Jack Abramhoff - you mean the guy that directed money to Doyle? Indian Casino money I believe...

For a guy that personally benefitted from his pay-for-play trade of tribal money for unconstitutional compacts, you certianly have no right to question anyone on ethics. How about explaining to the average Joe on the street how Doyle's tribal money is not dirty. Then explain how that money flowing into the GWC, where you run negative TV ads, has strong ethical standing.


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