Graeme Zielinski Huge Embarrassment For Wisconsin Democratic Party
Once again the moronic actions of Graeme Zielinski made the news.
For some reason the Wisconsin Democratic Party has allowed Zielinski to remain the party spokesperson. After his tortured reasoning and statements during the recall election I was hoping that someone would pay this guy’s bar tab and tell him to shove off. Instead the political lightweight continues making scenes, such as that which took place at last weekend’s party convention.
The problem with Zielinski is that he makes the Democratic Party look silly. By tossing an intern that works for a state news website out of the convention only confirms that the spokesperson is not able to make points and further the debate on equal terms. If Zielinksi had a better grasp of the English language, and any talent at messaging there would be less reason to treat an intern this way.
Who knows, it Zielinksi had any reason to get up in the morning and be more than an ass in public the election returns this past week might have been closer to the mark for Democrats.
It is disgusting to see this play out.
Jack Craver, writer and reporter for the Capital Times penned the story.
I saw the party’s communications director, Graeme Zielinski, order hotel security to eject an intern from the Wisconsin Reporter, a state news website.
The Wisconsin Reporter, which was founded at the beginning of 2011, is a division of StateHouseNews, a project undertaken by a conservative group, the Franklin Center for Government, to report on state politics — particularly government spending — from a “free market and taxpayer point of view.” It describes itself as responding to the decline in local news coverage over the past decade.
The Franklin Center, which does not disclose its donors, coordinates many events with Americans for Prosperity and other right-wing groups.
Although its opinion commentary is predictably conservative, its slant in reporting is noticeable but not heavy-handed. Its reporters typically seek perspectives from Democrats and liberals as well as Republicans and conservatives.
Zielinski, who has kicked out one of Wisconsin Reporter’s scribes from at least one other Democratic event, insisted the organization did not do real reporting, that it had previously mangled Democrats’ quotes, and that it was “bought and paid for by the same people that bought and paid for Scott Walker.”
“We don’t want them here,” Zielinski told a hotel security guard as the bewildered reporter, Ryan Ekvall, stood by with a video recorder.
“Please don’t film me,” Zielinski told him.
“I just want a record of what’s being said, I don’t know what you’re going to say about it later,” Ekvall responded.
“Come over here and I’ll talk to you,” replied Zielinski, leading Ekvall out the doors of the hotel.
“Now stay out there,” he said seconds later, as soon as Ekvall was standing outside.