It's raised a lot of questions and had a lot of ramifications, including the outing of one of WISGOP's main operatives, Judith Rhodes Engels.
There is, however, one aspect of the story that seems to have gone under the radar through the saga.
On Friday, April 11, just two days after the first edited video was released, former Michelle Litjens appeared on Joy Cardin's radio show, "Week in Review."
You can listen to a recording of the show here. The subject of the Ellis Incident goes from about the 11:00 minute mark to about the 25:00 minute mark. But here are some of the highlights that the reader/listener should pay heed to:
- At about 11:50, Litjens launches her attack on Ellis, claiming that he has a "big mouth." She also implies that since he was first elected in 1970, he was "confused" by the changing times. She also said that he probably didn't even know what a super PAC is, but because he did nothing illegal, this should be the "end of it." She then throws in that Ellis should have known better after he was another video that showed him to be on the "wrong side" of the voucher issue.
- At 15:20, she brings up the possibility of Ellis being primaried.
- At 15:40, she brags that her phone has been ringing off the hook.
- At 16:00, she rips on Democrats for not supporting vouchers and how wrong she thinks they are for that.
- At 16:30, she again brings up the possibility of a primary race against Ellis, although this time she says she won't run again until her daughter graduates from school. (Since when did she start giving a damn about her family?!)
- At 17:30, Litjens claims that "hundreds" of people have approached her to express their disappointment in Ellis over vouchers. She doesn't say why they approached her and not Ellis. Hmmm....
- At 18:00, again with the primary, this time saying that Ellis might just want to retire.
- At 20:15, Litjens says that Ellis has a "big mouth" and that this is what happens when one runs their big mouth late at night and after several drinks. She also suggests again that Ellis might not be up for another run.
- At 23:00, Litjens again runs Ellis down and says that the "voters are going to have an opportunity to make a choice."
It's been pretty widely accepted that the fact that Project Veritas was brought in to take Ellis out, although who ordered the hit is not clear.
|Michelle "Hitwoman" Litjens|
However, it is very obvious that Litjens was leading the post-video attack on Ellis, laying the groundwork for the upcoming fight if Ellis hadn't decided to hang up his broken gavel. You can see that the oncoming attacks were going to be all about school vouchers, thinking they had a winning issue with that. It might have won them the primary, but it could very well cost them the seat, which would be more than all right.
The fact that the powers that be chose Litjens to launch the first salvo isn't surprising either. Given the fact that she is the paramour of Robin Vos and is rumored to have been fundraising for American Federation of Children, she would very probably been aware of the move to take out Ellis - through a primary, if necessary - and the reason why they wanted Ellis out. The really stunning part of this is that Ellis has been in line with 98% of the Teapublican agenda, but they still wanted him out for not toeing the line enough.
And we have already seen that Litjens has no problems with ordering hits on fellow Republicans that she doesn't feel are far enough to the extreme right fringe zone.
But it does raise one more question for me - With all of the Republicans who are deciding not to run again, how many of them are choosing so because they could read the writing on the wall and how many of them are walking away in disgust for the level of corruption and bullying that is coming from Scott Walker, Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald?