In today’s Isthmus, Bill Lueders has a great piece worth reading about the new direction of the Department of Administration under Scott Walker. Here is the link: http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=32774
There is one piece of information that Bill misses, however, that is critical to understanding the inner workings of the Walker administration. The person Bill references as the spokesperson for the DOA, Carla Vigue, is the media contact – not the spokesperson. The “temporary” spokesperson (his words not mine) during this period of time is Tim Donovan. If that name rings a bell to any of you, it is because he is a retired Colonel in the WI National Guard – media affairs, where he served a tour in Iraq before coming home to retirement. I had the opportunity to speak with Tim Donovan during the height of the protests, and he was very good at sticking with the talking points regarding Capitol Access and security measures. Of course he was. Here is what I find most interesting about this situation. First, Tim Donovan was turned down for a spokesperson job with the VA under Governor Doyle. That position went to a woman, and he abruptly sued the state for reverse discrimination, stating in the Wisconsin State Journal that the state doesn’t hire enough “old, white men”. He lost that case. Second, being in Military Affairs, at a high level, he is well-trained in the methods of propaganda for winning “hearts and minds”. We are bearing witness to many instances of misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies – many of which are well documented in this and other blogs, and even the media. Obviously, this appointment was a gift. Tim Donovan would be a willing accomplice and, possibly, engineer of many decisions during the protests, security briefings (and how to play them in the media), and controlling information coming out of the Governor’s Office.
More evidence of the consolidation of power being attempted by Scott Walker on behalf of the people who bought and paid for his services. Even as a temporary appointment, he is there for a reason. As this is written, the Dane County Circuit Court has placed an emergency hold on the “Budget Repair Bill”, as there is enough evidence that the State Open Meetings Law was violated. A small victory. Keep on – recalls and Supreme Court elections are coming soon.