August 20, 2018

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Latest News, Wisconsin

Former Walker Cabinet Secretary Endorses, Cuts Ad for Tony Evers

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this morning that a former member of Governor Scott Walker’s cabinet has endorsed Tony Evers over his former boss. In a new ad for the Evers campaign, former Financial Institutions Secretary Peter Bildsten says that he was required to give special treatment to Walker campaign donors and told to not create records that could become public through open records requests.

See excerpts from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel below, or read the full story online HERE

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Second former Scott Walker aide criticizes governor on public records, makes ad for opponent Tony Evers 

A second former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker has come out against him, saying the GOP governor’s team told him to meet with payday loan lobbyists and discouraged him from creating documents that could be turned up under the state’s open records law. 

Former Financial Institutions Secretary Peter Bildsten joins ex-Corrections Secretary Ed Wall in excoriating their former boss, claiming they were told not to send emails and cutting digital ads for Walker’s Democratic challenger, state schools Superintendent Tony Evers.

A third former top aide to Walker has also contended he was told not to create documents that would have to be turned over under the public records law.

“I was told to avoid creating electronic records,” Bildsten says in a digital ad debuting Monday. “I thought Scott Walker was different, but he’s just another politician looking out for himself.”

…In an interview Sunday, Bildsten said Walker’s office routinely told secretaries to steer clear of creating electronic records, speak with one another on personal cellphones instead of state devices and present sensitive information in person. 

“It was crystal clear and it was crystal clear to every secretary in that cabinet,” Bildsten said.

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