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Tea Party Should Sink Teeth Into Wisconsin’s Scott Jensen Mess

March 28, 2010

The Tea Party in Wisconsin has their hands full these days while working to take control of Congress this fall, repealing the health care bill, and finding  a candidate that will be able to replace President Obama in 2012.  Given all those tasks ahead of them it is not fair for me to request they add another item to their agenda.  But I must ask with all sincerity for help from the Tea Party since neither the Democratic or Republican Party has been able to energize the state citizens about the never-ending quest for justice when it comes to Scott Jensen.  If there has ever been an example where both parties dropped the ball in demanding justice it has occurred with the Jensen matter.  No one wants to dig that issue up and remind the voters of what takes place at the Statehouse.  That lack of candor is not how it should be, and that is why the Tea Party can play a positive role.

Let me be clear about this.  I am sincere.  While I have had less than cheerful things to say about the Tea Party in the past, I have had even less patience for the political hi-jinks and legal back-flips of Scott Jensen, the former Republican Speaker of the Assembly.  Everyone should be upset after reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this weekend.  The lead paragraph should just rankle the voters.

More than seven years after former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen was charged with misconduct in office, it is unclear who will prosecute him – and when.

How many in the state could be so lucky?  How many have a war chest to fend off the law?  How many have access to the legal levers and those who know how to pull them?  Is this the way the civics class you took in high school presented the political culture? Why should a political official accused of crimes have access to greater resources in order to delay his day in court?

The problem is that no one seems to care about the Scott Jensen case.  Every now and then a lone article will surface in a newspaper about Jensen, and the failure of justice to be conducted in a timely fashion.  A couple blogs write on the topic, some talk about it over a beer after work near the Capitol.  But there is no mention of Jensen in political campaigns as no candidate wants to remind the voters of the corrupt system that swirled under the Capitol dome, and where rumors tell of it still existing in spite of ‘reforms’.  The culture that allowed for Scott Jensen to operate freely while in office seems also to be the one that allows for his serene life to continue after some serious charges were filed against him….seven years ago!

Which leads me to the Tea Party.  Let me admit that whatever else I have said about this group of people they know how to make headlines. They have made that very clear over the past year.   That is why I want them to latch onto the issue of Scott Jensen and help educate the state about the illegal political activities he engaged in, his use of taxpayer paid staff to create an unfair advantage for his party, and his artful use of the legal system to escape justice.

The Tea Party has proven they can use tough-guy talk against issues in Washington, but the Scott Jensen case that is lodged in Wisconsin between failed politics and legal stretches screams to be righted, and so needs their voice.  While the legal safeguards are in place to ensure that a defendant has the right to pursue all the routes for a fair trial and due legal process, there is also the need for the state to see justice not perverted by legal slickness.   If there is truth to the claim that those in the Tea Party think common sense should be applied again to the political process than Scott Jensen is the issue  to work on in Wisconsin.

If the Tea Party wants to sink their teeth into something that truly merits political anger it is the Scott Jensen mess in Wisconsin.

5 Comments
  1. Liberty permalink
    March 31, 2010 4:32 AM

    Brett Davis re-invents himself for lieutenant governor race.

    Brett Davis is a moderate Republican, elected in a moderate district with high Democrat numbers and serves in the Wisconsin Legislature as a voting moderate. That is who he is, but now he is campaigning as a conservative and to that I object!

    His budget vote in the ’07-’09 biennium ran business into the ground and out of the state by raising taxes and fees and including the Political Pork Projects the “$4 million Soybean Crusher” for his district. Please see the attached: “Brett Davis voted for Doyle Budget” for details.

    “Davis sold out the taxpayers of Wisconsin for a soybean crusher?”
    Owen Robinson at Boots and Sabers thinks so:
    http://www.bootsandsabers.com/index.php/weblog/permalink/a_quick_trick/

    PRO-LIFE Friends Beware!
    Brett Davis has a 75% pro-life record in the 2005-2006 session, voting against the Wisconsin Right to Life positions three times. His stance against the pro-life movement, including voting for Planned Parenthood’s #1 agenda item in chemical abortion aka “emergency contraception.” On three votes in the 2007-2008 session, he has a 100% record. Was he planning on running for a higher office then? That’s a problem with moderates acting like a conservative, you’re never sure.

  2. March 29, 2010 5:18 PM

    Thanks Ferrell!

  3. March 29, 2010 5:18 PM

    But as long as he has that smug smile……..

    (thanks for comment)

  4. Adam Young permalink
    March 29, 2010 4:51 PM

    Scooter probably has a lot less hair on his glorious crown!

  5. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    March 29, 2010 8:57 AM

    Deke: Great Post. I was wondering if Scott Jensen had fallen into a black hole or what and it looks like he has.

    No Promises, but I do someone involved with the Milwaukee Tea Party and I will strongly inquire.

    Thanks.

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