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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nicole Tieman who resigned without explanation Friday as Gov. Scott Walker's campaign spokeswoman has begun serving a 20-day sentence behind bars in Milwaukee County on a drunken-driving conviction.The article goes on to say that she was being groomed by the Republicans after having her education sponsored by the Bradley Foundation, which is of course, headed by Michael Grebe, Walker's campaign chairman.
Tieman, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court to her second OWI offense, reversing her plea from a week earlier. Judge John Siefert sentenced Tieman to 20 days confinement starting no later than June 3, took away her driving privileges for a year and imposed a $950 fine.
She was granted work-release privileges to seek a job and to get alcohol or drug treatment.
Records show Tieman, who lives in Waukesha, was booked into the House of Correction in Franklin, formerly the County Correctional Facility-South, on Wednesday.
Tieman's fate got me to thinking about Walker's other spokespeople.
Before Tieman, Walker's spokeswoman was Ciara Matthews. Before Walker's campaign, Matthews' claim to fame was being a Hooter's girl. After leaving Walker's campaign, she went to work for Mitt Romney, and promptly helped drive it into the ground.
And before Matthews was Jill Bader. Bader was best know for her racist tweets and other inane stunts. After doing a stint with the Girl Scouts, Bader is back into politics, being the mouthpiece for Right Women, Right Now - the Republican's second attempt at trying to match the success of Emerge America.
(This group is sure to enjoy the same lack of success as its predecessor. After all, what hope do they have when our own homophobic lieutenant governor, Blinky Kleefisch, is not just one of their advisors, but is their featured leader?)
As the gentle reader already knows, Walker's official governmental spokespeople fared only slightly better.
Fran McLaughlin was Walker's spokeswoman for when he was Milwaukee County Executive. She was given immunity in Walkergate after it was discovered that she was writing and tweaking his campaign press releases. Now she is stuck trying to make sense of the words and actions of Sheriff David Clarke.
Walker's gubernatorial spokesman, Cullen Werwie, was also given immunity in the Walkergate investigations, due to his role and knowledge of the illegal politicking done by Walker's campaign. Despite, or maybe because of, Werwie's role in the illegal activities, Walker has kept him on board as his spokesman.
So, gentle reader, you might think your job is bad, but it could always be worse. Your job could come with a curse like Scott Walker and involve all sorts of legal problems.
PS: Has anyone else noticed that until now, all of Walker's campaign spokeswomen have been younger, attractive, blonde women? Methinks it's much akin to Faux News' sexist approach to their anchorwomen. After all, as they say, sex sells.