Statement on Latest Open Record Scandal
MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement after news reports exposed that top Walker aides encouraged communicating official business through private channels to limit public access:
“Gov. Walker is either deliberately misleading the public and press or he’s woefully out of touch with what his top cabinet officials are doing. Either excuse is unacceptable.
“This latest scandal to limit public records is a gross abuse of political power that follows the typical pattern of Republican secrecy we’ve come to expect. Simply put, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans can’t be trusted to do the right thing for our state.
“Legislative Republicans have been laser-focused on covering up Gov. Walker’s political scandals. In doing so, they have undermined Wisconsin's tradition of good government and opened our state to fraud and corruption. Instead, Democrats believe we should be helping working families, investing in our communities and creating economic prosperity.”