February 24, 2011

Governor Walker Continues to Violate Law with Misuse of WSP

Gov. Scott WalkerWashington, D.C. - With news that Wisconsin State Patrol officers had been sent to the homes of 14 democratic legislators this morning, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-partisan government watchdog group, sent a supplementary letter to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board asking it to investigate whether these additional actions violated state law. CREW is asking the board to investigate not just Governor Scott Walker, but also Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Sen. Fitzgerald’s father, WSP Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald. Click here to read the letter. Today’s action is in addition to the complaint and open record request CREW filed yesterday.

In response to today’s action, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:

“Governor Walker is doubling down on a bad bet. Wisconsin law is clear: state troopers cannot take part in any dispute between an employer and employee over wages, hours, labor, or working conditions. Considering the crux of this debate is a labor dispute, the actions of the governor, majority leader and superintendent are beyond the pale. If Governor Walker insists on continuing his fight with the state’s public employees, he should do so within the bounds of the law. 

Furthermore, there are likely many other governors who are watching Governor Walker’s actions, and may be considering following in his footsteps. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board must act quickly and firmly to show those governors, and all Americans, that the abuse of law enforcement authority will not be tolerated and that even powerful political officials are not above the law.”

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