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0728, 12 Jun 20

Evers Covers Up Illegal/Unethical Behavior By Staff

Accountability? Nope.

Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday sidestepped bipartisan calls for him to fire the unidentified staffer that secretly recorded his phone conversation with two top Republicans.

Evers, in a media call with reporters, repeatedly declined to identify the staffer who, without Evers’ knowledge, recorded his May 14 phone conversation with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, that has prompted a bipartisan outcry and calls for the staffer to be fired.

Evers declined to identify the staffer responsible for authorizing the recording and didn’t say what disciplinary action, if any, is being taken against that person.

“A staffer wanted help in taking notes and that’s why that staffer did that and I will not discuss personnel issues in public but needless to say the practice has ended with this one time,” Evers said.

As others have said, Wisconsin law requires that at least one participant in the call consent to recording it. If the staffer was not a participant and was merely listening in, then he or she could not legally consent. But beyond that, the ethical breach is monumental. Assuming that Evers is telling the truth about being utterly ignorant of the actions of his own staff, the alleged staffer breached the trust of both his employer and the other people on the call. He or she would and should be fired by any leader with a modicum of integrity.
Evers’ refusal to even offer a simple apology – much less hold his staff accountable – speaks to his partisan and bilious personality.

0728, 12 June 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Not surprised.



  2. Jason

    Wonder if old man ex LEO northern hillbilly Leroy will comment on this one.  He wants Flynn prosecuted to the fullest, he should be very vocal in prosecuting this staffer and prosecuting Evers for obstruction.

  3. jjf

    Le Roi, it’s Jason on line one.  He seems agitated.  I know, he’s called twice this morning looking for you.

  4. Mike

    Evers had again stepped on the Wisconsin constitution. Cancelling Hunter Safety classes effectively bans hunting for anyone born after 1973 that has not yet taken a hunter safety course. This includes all new hunters.The right to hunt is an enumerated right and the state and federal courts have repeatedly said that putting insurmountable restrictions on the exercise of a right is never reasonable. The relevant section of the Wisconsin Constitution:
    Section 26. [As created April 2003] The people have the right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game subject only to reasonable restrictions as prescribed by law. [2001 J.R. 16, 2003 J.R. 8, vote April 2003]

  5. Le Roi du Nord


    You know you sound pretty foolish, taking the lie from dad29 and perpetuating it.  I never said I was a LEO, I said I worked for a Law Enforcement agency for 32 years.  Big difference.

    Geez, you are  working for honorary membership in the k and mar crazy club.

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