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Last week, I questioned what Taylor might be hiding by not even acknowledging - much less responding to - an open records request she had gotten from Cory Liebmann.
Shortly after Liebmann and I published our posts, Taylor's office finally responded. What Liebmann has found so far only serves to raise more questions:Liebmann goes on to point at all of the things that Grebe has his fingers in and all of the right wing groups he helps to fund with Bradley Foundation lucre. He also points out that Taylor also spoke with Scott Walker two days later.
One of the records that I requested from Senator Taylor was her official calendar. In that calendar there were a number of things that stood out including in the last days of January. I've included a copy of that page HERE.
You will notice that on January 29th from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Senator Taylor was scheduled to participate in a conference call with Michael Greebe [sic].
Liebmann then questions why Taylor would be speaking with Grebe and rightfully so. It should raise anyone's eyebrows.
Taylor's Chief of Staff, Eric Peterson, commented on Liebmann's blog in an effort to explain Taylor's conversations with both Grebe and Walker:
Comments from Eric Peterson, Senator Taylor’s Chief of Staff on this blog posting.It's a rather plausible rationale, and it might also be true.
Mr. Michael Grebe was appointed to Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Complex Board by Governor Walker in 2012. His appointment was referred to the Committee on Economic Development & Local Government, on which Senator Taylor sits, for consideration. Senator Taylor discussed that appointment with Mr. Grebe on their phone call on January 29th. Mr. Grebe contacted our office to discuss his appointment and requested that phone call. A public hearing and vote were held on Feb 5th. Senate confirmation was acted on February 20th with all Senators, including all Democrats, voting in favor of Mr. Grebe’s appointment. Mr. Grebe’s official file with the Senate with dates can be found at: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/executive_appointment/ea_grebe
Senator Taylor responded to a request of the Governor for a phone call which led to their conversation on Thursday, January 31. Senator Taylor and the Governor discussed mining legislation at the Governor’s request. As you are aware, Senator Taylor voted against the mining legislation (SB 1).
But we also know to be true is that just two weeks after Taylor's conversation with Grebe and Walker, she came out in support of the assault of democracy in Milwaukee County. And we know that Grebe is a board member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, who is strongly pushing for the dismantling of Milwaukee County. And Walker has come out in support of this measure as well, which is not surprising given how many times they prevented Walker from doing even more damage than he already has.
It's up to the gentle reader if they wish to give Taylor the benefit of the doubt on this. But given the multiple other examples of the way she has betrayed her constituents and Milwaukee as a whole - from concealed carry to the Castle Doctrine to supporting the privatization of schools - I personally wouldn't be so quick to trust her on this issue either.