March 20, 2007
Check the records?
Jim Doyle was asked by JS reporter Steve Walters about the Troha affair. Doyle said, (I'm not making this up) that "Troha was a strong supporter but not a political adviser." There is a difference without a distinction if I ever heard one. Just because Troha was one of the prime movers of the proposed Kenosha casino, it would be ludicrous to think he mentioned it to Doyle, or that he was his biggest contributor on the basis of knowing how the Governor would decide on the Casino. Perish the thought!
But Doyle made a point I've made in speeches over the years. A candidate calls a stranger. He got the name and number from someone. He asks the stranger for $10,000. The guy at the other end of the phone could be a mafia don or a crook. As Doyle said, "There is no way for our campaign to look at bank accounts." Very true Jim. Now take the next step and lead the way to publicly financed campaigns. Learn from Chvala, Jensen and Troha. Clean out the Capitol.
Let's face it. No one knows if Dennis Troha is a Democrat, Libertarian, Green, or Republican. He was very generous to Doyle, a Democrat, Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar, a Democrat, and he was a big supporter of Republican Paul Ryan. A cynic might conclude Troha gave to get. That he was not motivated by stem cell research or school vouchers.
Tonight a hearing will be held in Madison on the Austin King proposal to have publicly funded city campaigns. Think Troha will appear?
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