Now, the Brawler can't say he blames the Journal Sentinel for highlighting how Wisconsin's new federal lobbyist was linked to the caucus scandal. And,while Tanya Bjork clearly is smart (she ran Obama's campaign in Wisconsin), the Brawler wonders if this is the shrewdest hire.
That said, the Brawler will note that the Journal Sentinel's coverage of this hire differs dramatically from how it covered a local business group hiring a scandal figure.
"State hires aide tied to caucus scandal," trumpets the headline of the Tanya Bjork story. The piece goes on to quote handwringing types.
The JS's coverage was a bit different when the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce hired as its top lobbyist Steve "disorderly conduct" Baas. Baas worked for Jensen during the scandal, took an immunity deal and gave testimony on the stand that contradicted his earlier statements. From the 2/22/05 brief:
Top Assembly aide to leave post next month
Madison A top aide to Assembly Speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo) will leave the Capitol after 10 years of working for legislative leaders.
At the end of March, Steve Baas will become the government affairs director for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce.
Bass went to work for then-Speaker Scott Jensen (R-Town of Brookfield) when Republicans took control of the Assembly in 1994; before that, he worked in the administration of Gov. Tommy G. Thompson.
Strangely, the JS never mentions Baas' background when it's quoting him as a spokesman for industry.
Predictably, Charlie Sykes flagged the story, saying "Maybe Doyle figures that it takes someone withcriminal convictions to help out in the Great Looting to come."
The Brawler submitted a comment pointing out that maybe Charlie has a double standard. The Brawler had his doubts that Charlie would post it (though he posted such bon mots as: "I swear...is there one Dem anywhere that ISN'T a crook?") -- and he was right. That's why god invented screen grabs (For those without magnifying glasses, in the comment box I say: "Charlie: I'm sorry but didn't you recently have Steve "disorderly conduct" Baas on your show? You know,...":
Certainly we can all think of her past what we want, and for some, that might be enough to disqualify her from future positions in government. I respect that opinion completely.
But she’s also damn good at what she does. Nobody in DC cares about her involvement in a scandal that most big time players think is a absolute joke, and her connections to the Obama administration will certainly be a major asset as she attempts to secure federal funding for projects here in Wisconsin.
You can fault Bjork for a lot of things but you’ll never be able to fault her for being incompetent. And I’m guessing that’s why Doyle picked her - to him, the pros outweighed the cons.