By Jeff Simpson
NO...Robin Vos is not running from his oath as a married man that he swore before God twice(at least) - He already has done that twice(at least)! Nor is he looking to run for Governor....he knows he has no chance!
No Robin Vos is running from responsibility, again. He is trying very hard to distance himself(and his party) from the debacle that is the United Sportsmen Scandal.
However, it is not working. As typical, when Robin Vos speaks, ethics go flying out the window!
First some background on United Sportsmen.
Scott Suder wrote a grant of WI taxpayer money into the last budget. This money was written specifically for one group, a bunch of old Suder Staffers and republican donors. It was for the sum of $500,000 and it was also written to give this group a sum of $250,000 annually for as far as we could see.
The problem was, that as is typical for the WI republicans, the former Suder staffers were not qualified in any sort of useful talent to actually justify such a payment, so Suder disguised it as a fishing and hunting grant. Then Suder resigned his position to take another government position to double dip and help pad his WI taxpayer provided pension by joining the Walker Administration.
Almost from the minute he wrote this horrendous piece of WI taxpayer theft, (it was debated all of 7 minutes then quickly passed by the Joint Finance Committee), there were major problems.
First, as is par for the course for Wisconsin republicans, they lied from the start. First about their tax exempt status.
- A sportsmen's group is apologizing for misleading lawmakers and the public about its federal nonprofit status in winning a controversial $500,000 grant to promote hunting and fishing.
The Journal Sentinel reported on Friday that the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation Inc. appeared to be improperly claiming a federal tax-exempt status during the process of receiving a grant to promote hunting and fishing in the state.OOPS....But whats a little lying to the legislature amongst friends, because there is more. Then Suder said the legislation was incredibly important for the future of hunting in WISCONSIN.
In an interview, Suder said the grant would help to avert a "looming crisis" for hunting and fishing and ensure the future of those pastimes in the state.The problem here? His good friend, the former head of AFP-WI and former Suder staffer Luke Hilgemann does not EVEN LIVE IN WISCONSIN!
Hard to ward off a "looming crisis" in WI when you live in Burke, Virginia.
Not ones to be deterred by minor details such as this, they plodded on. As regular readers know, there is ALWAYS more.
The head of United Wisconsin, the hunting training experts, Andy Pantzlaff, was cited for illegal hunting AND lied to the DNR about it.
This turned out to be the final straw, as hard as he tried to give his friends $500,000 of OUR money, after this latest guffaw, the 2016 pretend presidential contender had to draw a line somewhere. The final straw was probably main cheerleader the JSONLINE editorial board even asked their boy Scott Walker to rescind the money.
As the saying goes, when you lose the JSONLINE editorial board....
So finally Cathy Stepp had to be drug, kicking and screaming, to stop the ridiculous payment.
In a statement, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said she spoke with Walker on Thursday and he canceled the grant to United Sportsmen, which had been aimed at promoting the state's sporting heritage. Instead, Walker ordered the DNR to find other means to achieve that goal.DNR Secretary Stepp, really really wanted to give them the money. I get it though, they are all friends and im sure her friends at United Sportsmen already had that money spent!
"We also agreed that it is essential for any organization that receives financial support from the state to have the trust of the public in its capabilities to produce concrete results. Even though United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation Inc. did and does still meet the statutory criteria established by the Legislature for the grant award, the governor asked me to not finalize the grant award. I will honor this request and fully support this decision," Stepp said.
Its a tough thing for people like Hilgemann, havin to tell his wife the vacation to Hawaii this winter has to be called off for now.
Now back to Robin Vos, who took time away from his paramour and attacking the UW System to weigh in( Those paying attention will notice, that the longer Robin Vos has power the more arrogant he gets, but thats another blog).
What did Robin Vos have to say? Exactly what you would think he had to say. It was not his fault!
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said former Rep. Scott Suder, who recently stepped down as majority leader to take a job with the Public Service Commission, took the lead in adding the grant to the 2013-15 state budget.Vos is only the leader of the party and the head of the power joint finance committee that passed the amendment allowing this theft of WI taxpayer money but he was "not involved". I'm guessing the party tries to cut him out of as many decisions as possible. The party of "personal responsibility" is trying desperately to shirk the blame. I am surprised in the article that Vos did not find a way to blame Obamacare.
Gov. Scott Walker asked DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp late Thursday to rescind the grant.
Vos said he “was not directly involved” in adding the language, which resulted in only one group, which has political connections to Suder, applying for the grant.
The light shone on the cockroachs and everyone went scrambling and two people who deserved much scorn and have escaped all scrutiny are Neil Kedzie and Al Ott.
The five-member Sporting Heritage Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday in Madison to review the application.Both of these "fiscal conservatives" could not give our money to their friends fast enough, no questions asked!
The committee is composed of Gunderson, DNR executive assistant; Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee; Rep. Al Ott (R-Forest Junction), chairman of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee; and Mark LaBarbera of Hazel Green and Bill Torhorst of Oregon, both appointed to the committee by the DNR.
My dream is that maybe one day, a reporter in the state will point out how truly not conservative, the Wisconsin "conservatives" are!
The Wisconsin republican party are NOT "fiscal conservatives", they are fiscal opportunists and its costing us all dearly!