Watchdog Wants Probe of Gov. Walker’s State Patrol Visit

From Mother Jones:

Another government watchdog group is demanding an investigation into whether Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker abused his power in the fight to pass his controversial “budget repair bill.” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington, DC, outfit, asked Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board in a letter sent Wednesday to probe whether Walker broke state law when he sent State Patrollers to locate state Senate Democratic leader Matt Miller.

That’s where Walker violated the law, CREW alleges. “Nothing in the agency’s mission indicates WSP officers may be sent on political errands by the governor or members of the state legislature,” CREW executive director Melanie Sloan writes. In particular, CREW points to Wisconsin law that says state troopers “may not be used in or take part in any dispute or controversy between an employer and employee concerning wages, hours, labor, or working conditions.” CREW’s Sloan concludes, “By abusing his position as governor to ask the WSP to send a message to Sen. Miller, Governor Walker obtained an unlawful benefit—the use of the troopers—in an effort to gain an advantage in his wage dispute with the state’s public employees.”