Walker's Wisconsin – John Doe Sneak Attack FOIA

It is a “draw play” in foot ball

In a “draw” play a running back gets the ball and holds back a count. The one count pause is a sort of sneaky, smoke-and-mirrors distraction. It assumes that the defense will react to a fake hand off, leaving the runner with the ball an open field to run free – to escape the tacklers at the line. He’s going, the 40, the 30, all the way! Touchdown!

The John Doe draw play

Let us not be fooled. The smoke isdraw play filling the air, the mirrors are positioned at obtuse angels. The smoke in the play is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the mirrors are focused on Senator Leah Vukmir (R Wauwatosa). A path is being cleared. A sneaky fake hand off. The defense is being moved off the ball.

Who is the real runner in the political “draw” play? The real runner with the ball is a sneaky, tackle breaking, fake master, veteran of the draw, who is known on the field by his alias John Doe. The victims of his moves, feigns, and self focused crazy legs of opportunism, know him as – Scott Walker.

Two court actions happening at once – one a fake – one with the ball

one with the ball
A buzz developed through the Summer and flew through air in a hyperbolic pattern to become a bee in the bonnet of the Walker Administration. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was poised to file suite for the release of John Doe emails, and files.
It happened last week. The bee landed. Ouch!

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel – Sept. 18, 2013

Lawyers for the Journal Sentinel and reporter Dave Umhoefer filed a motion Wednesday asking that the Doe be reopened for a hearing on the newspaper’s request that District Attorney John Chisholm return the sealed records to the county.

The fake – the “draw” play

In a political coincidence or like “votes out of the blue”, another legal action was announced just one week before the Journal Sentinel filed suite for the John Doe records. It seemed somewhat crazy, even for Leah Vukmir, to hope that legislators could be freed of FOIA request by the public while in office. Really?

By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Sept. 12, 2013

On Wednesday, Sept 11, State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) filed a motion in Dane County Circuit Court arguing she is immune from lawsuit while she remains in office. The motion was filed on her behalf by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s Department of Justice.

That is to say that taxpayers cannot have access to the communications of the elected officials that represent them during the time they are working for the people they represent.

Attorney General Van Hollen

Attorney General Van Hollen

The kooky, flimflam, repositioning of mirrors within the Constitution was no biggy coming from Vukmir, but when Attorney Journal Van Hollen began to recalibrate his mirrors and pump stinky smoke into the air blotting out his previous strong defense of the FOIA…well it was out of character. It was Van Hollen who warned the General Accountability Bureau that the FOIA was to be respected for its teeth. The letter was delivered in response to the rash of FOIA requests the followed the June 5 recall election. Why the sudden one-hundred-and-eighty degree turn?

The draw play

An editorial in today’s Beloit Daily news began to hint at the “draw’ play being diagrammed on a chalk board just thirty feet down the hall for Walker’s office.

EDITORIAL William Barth |: Release records from John Doe
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:00 am

It started with an unprecedented claim of immunity to court review by State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, backed up by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Despite widespread condemnation of the Vukmir-Van Hollen stand, they continue to insist legislators are not subject to civil action to force them to comply with the open records process.

Now another battle is being joined, in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has filed suit asking that “thousands of Milwaukee County documents and emails seized in a John Doe investigation” of then-County Executive Scott Walker’s office be unsealed and released for review.

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

― Albert Einstein,

Holy smokes! Could it be that the coincidence of the Vulkmir suite and the John Doe record request might be the arch of the moral universe bending toward justice? Are the two incidences being defended and created from some place just thirty feet down the hall from some office, occupied by some governor? Can you hear it,”You see, what we are going to do is kinda like divide and conquer. We going to do a “draw’ play with Vukmir.”?