Skip to comments.Team Evers Secretly Records Republicans
Posted on 06/11/2020 9:30:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
MADISON How low can Tony go? We just learned.
Gov. Tony Evers team secretly recorded a meeting he had with Republican legislative leadership.
Empower Wisconsin has learned the meeting took place on May 14, the day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the Evers administrations statewide lockdown, declaring the public health edict in response to the pandemic invalid.
GOP leadership was livid Wednesday upon the revelations, referring to the secret recordings as Nixonesque.
In 26 years in the Legislature, this is one of the most brazen examples of unethical, unprofessional conduct I have ever seen, said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), in a statement. The governor has gone so far off the deep end, hes making secret Nixonesque recordings from the East Wing of the Capitol. This conduct is totally unbecoming of our states top executive and opens up questions about what other recordings his administration may have.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sought a copy of the recording through the states open records law. The governors office turned it over late Tuesday. Just how the newspapers reporters arrived at the idea that a secret recording might exist is not clear in the Journal Sentinel story.
The newspaper made similar requests to the offices of Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), but found there were no records responsive to the request. Thats because, according to Capitol sources, Fitzgerald and Vos did not, unlike Evers team, record the conversation with the governor.
Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff told the Journal Sentinel that the governor was not aware of the recording. He has instructed his staff not to do it again, according to Baldauff. The meeting was also recorded to make sure Evers team had an accurate account of what happened because Republicans and Democrats have publicly disagreed over how past meetings had gone, the newspaper reported.
But the Republican leaders were not told the meeting was recorded, Empower Wisconsins sources say.
Governor Evers has dragged partisan politics to a new low in Wisconsin and damaged his reputation and the states, as well, Vos said in a statement. Its shameful.
Fitzgerald said the governors actions further erode trust between a liberal executive and conservative-led legislative branch that has experienced strained relations over Evers first year and a half in office.
“Legislating in divided government is dependent on trust. Secretly recording members of the opposite party sets a dangerous precedent, and will completely erode our ability to work together for the foreseeable future,” the senator said.
The secret recording won’t do much for the Evers administration’s abysmal record on transparency, a core issue for the Democrat in his campaign against former Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.
“After eight years of Scott Walker, it’s time to restore transparency and put government back to work for the people of Wisconsin,” candidate Evers tweeted in 2018.
Vos said state governments, unlike the federal government, have found a way to get things done in times of crisis, but that can only happen if there’s a “sense of trust, civility, and integrity.”
“This governor has violated all three of these critical character traits by secretly taping conversations with fellow leaders,” the speaker said.
ALL DEMOCRATS ARE VILE, EVIL, VICIOUS, LYING DESTROYERS of GOOD THINGS and GOOD PEOPLE!!
Will he be threatened with Impeachment like Nixon was? LOL
Rules for thee, not for me
Rat Party credo
It is only legal to record conversations as follows:
In some states, at least one party to the conversation has to be aware it is being recorded.
In other states, BOTH parties have to know.
My question is this: If the governor claims he didn’t know it was being recorded, who in the voices in the recording DID know? If none of them did, it is an illegal recording. And i his state is one that requires that all parties know, then it is an illegal recording.
I wonder about the chances that ABC, NBC, and CBS will cover this story on tonight’s (June 11, 2020) evening news broadcasts? It’s probably 0%.
“I did nothing wrong, and I’ll never do it again.”
.... Republicans and Conservatives need to realize that any crime against them perpetrated by a democrat is not a crime. That is the new reality. The Rule of Law is now dead if you are a Republican or Conservative ....
demonicRATS have no shame. In order to sense shame, you have to have a conscience. They have no conscience.
The Press always has the Democrats’ back.
“Wisconsin is a one-party consent state. ... § 968.31 provides that, it is a felony to record an oral or telephone communication without the consent of at least one party, or with the intention of committing a crime or a tort. Illegal recording may also give rise to civil liability. (emphasis added).”
Why would any government official not assume any government meeting is recorded? They should be taught this on their first day.
“In some states, at least one party to the conversation has to be aware it is being recorded.
In other states, BOTH parties have to know.”
Well, the one party consent statutes are certainly unconstitutional, and the states know it, because they will not prosecute anyone to the extent that it might get appealed beyond the state Supreme Court. They know the federal courts would strike their laws down very swiftly if that happened.
Basically, these laws are used as a handy way for the state to confiscate embarrassing recordings. Once they have their hands on them, they can do what they want with the recording and then drop the case later so they don’t risk having the laws struck down.
Oops, I meant the two party consent laws are unconstitutional.
After your clarification, yes, I completely agree.
It is not illegal in Wisconsin.
Anyone who does not record a political meeting, especially with the opposition, is foolish.
He is an idiot. He just confirmed someone on his staff committed a crime.
Wisconsin is a one-party state, that is at least one party to the conversation has to be aware of the recording and give consent.
Governor Evers has just claimed no party to the conversation was aware or gave consent.
There isn’t one thing the d’rats have touched that hasn’t turned crap.
Republicans have rights?
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