Rick Esenberg, using the Purple Wisconsin forum, recently wrote about the "lack of candor" of certain people who were fighting the recent wage theft bill that the Republicans in Wisconsin quickly rammed through the legislature.
However, Mr. Esenberg had the unmitigated gall to write the following:
But no one paid me to be there either and I am a public interest lawyer and legal scholar who goes where the evidence leads me. I truly believe that and try to conduct myself accordingly.
Seriously Mr. Esenberg wrote that. Apparently legal ethics does not transfer over to statewide blogs.
Lets break this down.
* But no one paid me to be there either
That is actually flat our lie. As "executive director" of W.I.L.L., which is amazingly classified as a "non-profit", Mr. Esenberg makes a minimum of $210,000/yr. For those scoring at home, that is more than four average teachers salaries combined.
Let's also not forget who is paying this exorbitant - Michael Grebe. Scott Walker's campaign manager is also the man funder of W.I.L.L. (Mr. Esenberg refuses to reveal other funders). Does anyone really think that Mr. Walker's campaign manager did not want his well funded political gopher groups there at the forefront of the battle to pass the Diane Hendricks bill?
* I am a public interest lawyer and legal scholar who goes where the evidence leads me.
Mr. Esenberg recently sued the Kenosha School district using new union boss Kristy laCroix as a prop. Thanks to Ms. LaCroix's step father, he was voted a huge settlement of public education tax dollars to be split between himself and Ms. LaCroix.
Feeling empowered, and well funded by Mr. Grebe, he also grabbed a new tool - David Blaska, and sued the Madison Metropolitan School District because they actually sat down at the table and negotiated with the Madison Teachers to agree on a new contract(while ACT10 was stayed).
They were incensed that MTI was able to negotiate a .025% raise for its members. Yes you read that right .025%. After two years of wage freeze, now teachers in madison will be getting about a $60 salary increase for the year.
Apparently, the "evidence led" to Mr. $210,000 yearly non profit director. who lives in Milwaukee to find that unacceptable in Madison.
Mr. Public Interest lawyer, felt it was in the public's interest to force MMSD into court where they will spend a needless few thousand dollars, and win in the end.
* I truly believe that and try to conduct myself accordingly.
If that what it takes you to tell yourself to sleep at night, so be it. However we have show that you have a high propensity to mislead if not flat out lie.
It amazes me that David Haynes would allow such misleading and dishonest tripe in his newspaper.