By Jeff Simpson
Much was written over the weekend that while Scott Walker was busy drinking and campaigning for President, he was not doing his job as Governor of Wisconsin(yet still collected his $144,423/yr and Cadillac benefits the WI taxpayers are paying him).
Over his 71-day campaign, Walker's official monthly calendars include 57 hours of state business, or an average of 48 minutes per day. Many days, the governor's only Wisconsin-related agenda item was a brief morning teleconference with his staff.Most of his days consisted of a quick teleconference with his staff, not lawmakers, not WEDC officials, just his staff.
Walker's office released the records to news outlets late Friday afternoon, when few people would be paying attention to them.
In contrast, Walker blocked off 809 hours over the same time period for other purposes, an average of 11 hours and 24 minutes per day. The calendars note it as "hold time" -- often from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the presidential campaign.
How do the lawmakers who need to work with Scott Walker, feel about his shirking his duties for 71 days?
Over the final month of Walker's presidential campaign, only three days included more state business than his usual phone call with staff or taping his weekly radio address. Yet Republicans in the state Legislature said this fall that Walker had been accessible.
"He`s been in touch with us. He`s contacted us on a variety of issues," Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, said on Sept. 22, the day after Walker ended his campaign.
I have always been afirm believer that when someone shows you who they are, you should believe them. Senator Vukmir has admitted, one that she has no need to ever talk to the Governor and two less than an hour actually Governing our state is all the Republicans need.
I guess its no surprise judging by the jobs that we are bleeding out of our communities lately that Governing WI is not very high on their list of priorities.
The question we need to ask ourselves, is do we want politicians that actually govern? or do we want to continue to elect people like Leah Vukmir who make a mockery of our Democracy and our State?