October 25, 2003
As transparent as glass
Catch this story. Three years after the Assembly and Senate caucuses were eliminated, a computer disk allegedly containing campaign material magically appeared and, when the Republican Party of Wisconsin suddenly decided to ask the Republican Chief Clerk if they could have it, Pat Fuller did the following (as Dave Barry would say, I'm not making this up).
Fuller says he went through the disk, created a copy, gave one copy to the Republican Party and the other to the Justice Department. Why? Well, of course, when the media or the Democrats asked for it, he could say, "Sorry, we don't have one. We are saving the scoop for the Wisconsin State Journal."
C'mon. The disk, according to the clerk, has a collection of campaign material from almost all sitting Democratic Assembly persons and a dozen challengers in the 2000 race. While the clever clerk made sure those Assembly people could not get a copy, either he or the Republicans gave at least part of the disk to Wisconsin State Journal reporter Dee Hall and, of course, their favorite pipeline WisPolitics.com.
Hall claimed on Thursday there are only 11 sitting legislators and a dozen or so challengers with material on the disk, but the clever clerk said all but one Democratic Assemblyperson had material on the disk. The probable explanation is that the clerk or the Republicans gave Hall half a disk now so they can give her the other half later and string out the story for two days. Since there is no public allegation of wrong-doing they will have to spin it for two days.
Ain't it wonderful? From GOP to clerk to GOP to WisPolitics to Wisconsin State Journal to Charlie Sykes.
Where are the Republican disks?
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