Walker doesn’t deny being involved in Open Records changes

July 5, 2015    By Lady Forward

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker showed off his “word salad” skills in front of reporters on Saturday at a Wauwatosa Independence Day parade. Walker was asked directly, in an on-camera interview shot by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mary Spicuzza, about his involvement in the proposal to make changes to the state’s open records law. Rather than answer the simple “yes or no” questions, Walker rambled about a future meeting with legislative leaders where they would discuss “what we’re gonna do nonsensegoing forward,” and, when asked point blank if he had been aware of the changes ahead of time and if he had objected to them he responded, “There’s all sorts of ideas that float around the Capitol before the end of the Joint Finance Committee process,” (speaking as if the Joint Finance Committee process hadn’t ended last week with a party-line vote to pass the Budget on to the full Legislature).

Walker proves you don’t need a college degree to be well-schooled in the art of obfuscation. However, through his lack of denial about being involved in the attack on open records, the only plausible conclusion one can draw is that he knew, and was perhaps the instigator of the changes, and that documents showing this exist.

The interview transcript:

Reporter: “The Legislative privilege open records thing, did your office have input in that? Is that something you’re a part of?”

Walker: “Well, as I mentioned yesterday, we’re gonna sit down and talk with the legislative leaders about that. We actually had already planned a meeting, a follow-up meeting the other day in terms of the arena where we had all four legislative leaders, but I think it’s pretty clear they need to make some changes in that and we’re gonna work with them on Monday.”

Reporter: “Will you veto it if they don’t make changes?”
Walker: “Uh… certainly it will all depend… we haven’t made commitments on any other vetoes, but those are things that obviously a lotta concerns about. My hope is, after talking with them on Monday, we get to a point where it’s either out completely or there’s significant changes to it.”
walker in flag shirt
Reporter: “Who was behind it? Do you know?”
Walker: “Again, there’s a, as you know, at the end of the legislative process, a lot of things the legislative leadership works on, and uh, for us, uh, as you said, with other things in there, we’ll review it once we see what passes not just the Joint Finance Committee but what gets through the Assembly and the Senate.”
Reporter: “Were you aware, then, before they were presented, and did you object to them?”
Walker: “Again, those are all things we’ll talk about on Monday. We’ll talk about what we’re doing going forward. You know, there’s all sorts of ideas that float around the Capitol before the end of the Joint Finance Committee process. But, uh, I think it’s pretty clear lawmakers from both parties, as well as others, wanna make sure there’s changes, and we’re gonna make sure that happens starting with that meeting on Monday.”

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8 Comments on “Walker doesn’t deny being involved in Open Records changes”

  1. Laura Chern July 5, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Kudos to the person who had the intestinal fortitude to transcribe this.

  2. Jan Mutcher July 6, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    “Lawmakers from both parties as well as others”, just who are these others he’s talking about? I’ve learned that these frauds always tell you what they are going to do. Sometimes it’s in their denials and sometimes it’s in whatever they are accusing the democrats of doing. This guy is going to get creamed in the debates. I’m sure in the GOP ones they’ll have the questions ahead of time, but if there are follow up questions, he can’t come up with a cohesive sentence to save his life. If he makes it as far as the nomination, the dems better have the machines checked.

  3. bbead July 6, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    What do you do with a weaselly governor? Run him for president? Not!

  4. Randy Cooper July 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    It makes even less sense when you attempt to read the transcribed word salad he spews. He seems to know nothing when asked simple questions.

  5. Sandra Soletski July 6, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    He is beginning to sound like Sarah Palin.

  6. La Mer July 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    “…the harder they fall — one and all.” Bob Marley

  7. Robert Kendall July 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    All this rhetoric from a man who says he does not get asked tough questions. The heck of it is it does not matter as he does not answer them. He punts. And always with a ball from the Patriots.

  8. John July 8, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    “A Walker spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday — after evading inquiries from reporters — that the governor’s office was involved in drafting the proposal.”


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