Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Green gets a free pass on ethics

There's quite a remarkable headline and story in today's Journal Sentinel about Rep. Mark Green's election-year conversion on ethics.

Green "has made the subject a key plank in his platform," we're told, and the article points out Green's record of voting for reform in 2006 -- since he became a candidate for governor.

Unfortunately, the author of this puff piece didn't even bother to ask for comment from the other side -- which is in large part what makes this story so remarkable.

Had anyone asked, Jim Doyle's campaign or the Demomcratic party might have pointed out that Green's overall record on ethics still stinks. It seems relevant:

-- That most of the $1.3-million Green laundered into his governor's race from his Congressional campaign committee came from special interests.

-- That, as the Dems highlighted earlier, Green has taken big contributions from Big Oil and the pharmaceutical industry, then voted for bills to put billions of dollars in their pockets.

-- That Green didn't lift a finger when the Republicans who control the Assembly decided to kill ethics reform at the end of the legislative session. What kind of leadership did Green exhibit when 55 of 60 Assembly Republicans voted against SB-1?

-- That Green has his own ethical problems -- $30,000 in tainted money from ethically challenged Tom DeLay, which Green said he would dispose of, but which is still in his campaign bank account.

-- Plus his connection to the caucus scandal, which was highlighted in Scott Jensen's trial.

-- And Green voted to weaken the House ethics rules to accommodate Tom DeLay and let him stay in leadership even after he was indicted.

Talk about a free ride. It's enough to make you subscribe to the growing theory among Dems that the JS newsroom is endorsing its candidate for governor early, which will have a lot more impact than whatever the editorial board finally decides to do.

UPDATE: Seth Zlotocha says Green is a candidate still looking for an issue.

UPDATE 2: Cory Liebmann on Green's recent conversion.

14 Comments:

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Shades said...

What stinging criticism from the man who personally benfitted for pay-fo-play Casino cash.

Exactly how much of the tribal money went into your pocket, Bill, from Diamond Jim's sale of the unconstitutional gaming compacts?

When you start to list your hidden money sources, and the amount they launder into your slush fund, you might start to have some respectibility. Otherwise, you a just another hack who gets paid to slash away.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Yes, I will tell you how much tribal money went into my pocket as a result of casino negotiations.

Not a penny.

Glad we could clear that up.

At least you know my name, and I don't hide behind any shades.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Shades said...

Then you should have no problem revealing all of the transactions of the Greater Wisconsin Comm. including your consulting fees, all money taken in and who it was from, and your expenditures.

Once you have done that - I will take off the shades.

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Nice try at changing the subject, but (a) who are you and (b) what do you have to say about all of the Green ethical transgressions listed in this post?

How do we know you're not just another hack who gets paid to slash away? How do we know you don't work for Mark Green?

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

"...growing theory among Dems..."
The last sentence from the original blog is worthy of a new 'Tom Tomorrow' cartoon.
I guess the newsroom didn't get the memo on what not to report on?

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

I guess the NEWSroom didn't take Journalism 101, or missed the class when they discussed getting both sides of the story.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

Sheesh, you sound like a coach who's up by 82 points with :30 seconds left griping about an offsides call.

These folks are no Woodward&Bernstien national heroes, but when you follow the money...

Who knows, if Doyle gets too much heat the Dems can roll out someone less unelectable ;) Would you be opposed to that?

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Shades said...

a) a Republican - and Green volunteer.

And I am not trying to change the subject. Your hypocrisy is the subject. For you to cast ethical stones at Green is laughable.

I am glad that you at least admit that Doyle traded tribal money for the compacts, at least that is a start. But to say the GWC has taken no tribal money - any casino money is difficult to believe. Of course, you could prove all of this by actually making your 527 money available for all to see.

But for some reason, you do not want to do that. Than again, Chvala didn't want his money laundersing scheme to be exposed either.

And are we also supposed to believe that your little independent expenditure group has no coordination with the Doyle camp? Hell, Shirley Krug ran and IE out of her state office - Blanchard must have lost that part of the investigation.

So my offer still stands - let the world see your finacial backers and I'll take off the shades...

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Xoff your political commentary is laughable. First, Tom Delay resigned his power position while fighting state charges from a politically motived local D.A. William Jefferson who's in even hotter water is being indicted on Federal charges, yet he refuses to leave his House Ways and Means committee post. Second, did you mention how much money Doyle received from John Abramhoff. Three, the fact is the Mark Green isn't under FEDERAL INVESTIGATION for campaign fraud like Doyle is. Lastly, "shades" great job and standing your ground. In the Arena of Ideas this Xoff will lose every time.

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Shades and Handschke ... a couple more losers who can't run their own blogs with their own comments ... Xoff is under no obligation to tell either of you anything.

And shades, you gave yourself away, you are nothing but a hack.

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Other side is a typical liberal who resorts to name calling because once again liberals fail to win in the Arena of Ideas. Your mean spiritness proves how bankrupt your morals are.

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

I admire your chutzpah in saying that, after shade's very first "defense" of Green ignored all of the issues I raised in the post and attacked me personally.

I've been engaged in politics in Wisconsin for 20 years and have never even had a complaint filed against me, so shades' slimy insinuations are just that.

So, guys, are you ready to defend Mark Green's bad record on ethics, or not?

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Aww Scott ... I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings.

Fact: DeLay resigned under pressure.

Fact: Dems have urged Jefferson to leave.

Fact: It's Jack.

That's a start. And check out your good buddy neocon bloggers and tell me truthfully that we corner the market on bad language and mean-spiritness (aww). If you can I'll buy you an ice cream cone.

If you can't handle it, don't get involved.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger Robola said...

Do you ever get the feeling that most of the trolls here really don't understand what they write? It's like a bunch of indignant fifth-graders debating the civil war with the teacher. And I think we all know which side is arguing for the confederacy...

 

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