The Wreck of the Errand Fitzgerald: Obeying Fitz's Illegal Order Leaves LRB Looking Foolish and Spineless | WisCommunity

The Wreck of the Errand Fitzgerald: Obeying Fitz's Illegal Order Leaves LRB Looking Foolish and Spineless

Yesterday's testimony by the Legislative Reference Bureau, was, in a word, embarassing.

Without fail, every staff member, in one way or another, was forced to admit that they were bullied to knowingly breaking the law by Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

Humorously, after a morning meeting with Fitz where LRB Chief Steve Miller agreed to Fitz's demand that the bill be published, he later called Fitz and told him he wouldn't publish the bill until he got a written letter from Fitz ordering the move. Apparently, Miller was looking for cover for a public official to knowingly breaking the law with the ye olde "he told me to do it" defense. But, as the Distirct Attorney skillfully pointed out, the only person that has the legal authority to order the printing is the Secretary of State, not Majority Leader Fitzgerald or anyone else.

The most telling part of the testimony, which is available at Wisconsin Eye, was when deputy chief of staff Cathlene Hanaman was grilled by District Attorney Ozanne:

 

 

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Published

March 30, 2011 - 10:46am

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