Happy Memorial Day: Scott Walker & Friends Have Made War on Wisconsin’s Veterans

From embezzling over $60,000 to eliminating law protecting veterans against employment discrimination, team Walker has harmed our veterans

MADISON – As families around Wisconsin honor our state and our nation’s veterans this Memorial Day, Scott Walker is touring the state in a series of photo-ops and campaign speeches in which he proclaims support for Wisconsin veterans and their sacrifices. Unfortunately for Walker, the adage that actions speak louder than words shows his true colors when it comes to advocating for our state’s veterans.

Just this week, it was revealed that Scott Walker’s controversial law repealing the Equal Pay Enforcement Act – done at the behest of his $2 million-plus corporate backers at WMC – actually uniquely harms veterans facing wage discrimination, shutting off their access to state courts and leaving them virtually no other simple remedy. Even worse, new documents show Scott Walker knew this legislation would harm Wisconsin veterans and chose to sign it anyway.

Equally shameful, Scott Walker has yet to explain his role in the embezzlement of more than $60,000 by his top aides uncovered in the ongoing John Doe criminal corruption probe of his office. Aide Kevin Kavanaugh was caught embezzling nearly $43,000 by Walker’s chief of staff Tom Nardelli in 1998, and then – inexplicably – Walker put top aide Tim Russell, who had no experience running a non-profit and a history of being fired for misuse of state resources, in charge of the fund from which he subsequently embezzled more than $20,000 to pay for Hawaiian and Caribbean vacations.

Walker’s response: “Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said the Republican governor had not been aware of [Russell’s previous] termination but would not elaborate on why.” No member of the media has subsequently insisted on a response.

“As we celebrate and honor the sacrifices of our heroic veterans, it is Scott Walker’s record that speaks far louder than his words or his empty gestures at photo-ops,” said We Are Wisconsin spokesman Kelly Steele. “Scott Walker and his aides have consistently disrespected and undermined the interest of Wisconsin veterans, and have even embezzled more than $60,000 from funds designated to help disabled veterans and their families—with no explanation or accountability from Scott Walker himself.”