CRG succeeds in wasting taxpayer dollars on bogus investigation

Most likely now you’ve heard that my friend and colleague Chris “capper” Liebenthal, a Milwaukee County employee, has become the subject of an investigation by the District Attorney’s office. Someone, and it’s pretty clear who that is now, had complained that Capper was making blogs posts during work hours during work time.

Capper does something with the county’s social aid departments. Would one of his clients would be complaining that he was making a blog post? No, of course not. The charge was planted, some kind of revenge for his exposing that gubernatorial candidate and county executive Scott Walker was having his people doing campaign work on the county’s dime. If not that, then the person, Darlene Wink, one of Walker’s county staffers, was independently leaving comments on JSOnline while at her county job. [Capper believes it was the former. He wrote — on his own time — “I’ll go on the record as saying that I don’t think Walker told her to do this, or anything else that she did. Being an officer in the Republican Party, she probably did this on her own. Secondly, Walker is never around to tell anyone to do anything, as that he has been missing from his real job for at least two years as he campaigns.”]

I believe she got that courtesy of Walker. is that correct? This is not the first time Walker has placed his campaign staff in lucrative county jobs. In fact, he’s done that a full three times with one of his people.

And either way, she was busted for doing electoral promotion on the county dime. (A bunch of state legislators faced criminal charges for having their staff do campaign work on state time. What awaits Wink, Walker, & Co.?)

And now, an investigation has been opened about Capper’s supposed blogging during county work hours. Capper himself has been very thoughtful in his comments about this. My colleagues Folkbum and Brew City Brawler have very good insights on this. Cory from Eye on Wisconsin provides us with a detailed retrospective on the recent corruptness of CRG and its infatuation with Scott Walker and his crony-loving ways. The inestimable mind of Emily Mills puts it all in perspective. And Pretty Important Jim would like to know exactly what CRG had to say when one of Scott Walker’s cronies exposed as doing exactly what they’re accusing Capper of doing.

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I believe, I know, that Capper will be vindicated.

This scare tactic won’t work.

The truth will come out.

And it will backfire.

Be ready to face what you have unleashed.

Published by Jason Haas

I am a resident of the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. That sometimes comes up on here, as it's kind of a small part of my life. No official county business happens here. I'm mostly using this now to give a rough draft account of how we're dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. God help us all.

4 thoughts on “CRG succeeds in wasting taxpayer dollars on bogus investigation

  1. Jason,

    Are you willing to put a wager on that? I’m fairly certain that they will find that Chris was not only blogging on county time, but that he was engaging in “political activity” by publishing content on his “Milwaukee County First” non-profit organization website, which violates federal law.

    Also, having the cookies function turned off your public computer isn’t the best way of installing confidence that one wasn’t monkeying around on county time. Do I think that the DA should involve itself in this? No. Do I think that Chris should have been more careful given the nature of what he does and the individual of whom he directs his anger, yes I do. For God sakes, he dedicated his blogs to attack his own boss for years. What did he think was going to happen?

  2. Aaron, you assert that Capper’s computer had cookies disabled. On what basis do you make this claim? If it were true, what effects could it have on this investigation? What is your position on whether government officials should be able to exact this kind of retribution on employees who speak out against them?

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