October 16, 2005
Ah, the pure of heart shall inherit the Wisconsin State Journal editorial page. Scott Milfred, editor of the WSJ page, couldn't resist gloating that Chuck Chvala's trial begins on Halloween. He writes in today's paper of Chuck's "sharp elbows...his ferocious appetite for competition to get his way...clutching so tightly to power meant Chvala needed money--lots of it..."
I guess Scott thinks that Chvala created the cesspool we call electoral politics. Certainly readers of his paper would never know that there are nearly a thousand well paid lobbyists who stand ready to provide "honest graft" in the form of campaign contributions for favors. Why do the utilities and road builders get what they want, Scott? Could it be they are being rewarded for big fat contributions? Have you visited the PSC lately to find out about ex parte communications? Do you wonder why utilities can push a bill through the Lobbyist's Legislature to gain the right, under eminent domain, to take public lands?
Spare us the sanctimonious editorials until you find out why Chvala was demanding contributions. What was Tommy Thompson doing for 14 years while you slept?
Milfred asks if Chvala is a good guy or "the power-hungry, felony-facing political boss he became." C'mon Scott. Earn the right to lecture us. Figure out the system, investigate those who give the money and get back to us.
In the meantime, a must read, as usual, Frank Rich in today's NYT: "It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby." Read and weep. Who knew about WHIG?
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