Impersonating Tony Soprano, Fitzgerald threatened Legislative Reference Bureau staffers to publish Act 10… or else…

Scott Fitzgerald has been acting like a Mafia thug for a while now. He doesn’t care about Wisconsin laws. He doesn’t care about the Wisconsin Constitution. He doesn’t care if he illegally tries to send in the State Police to arrest the Fab 14 in Illinois, even though he was advised it was illegal. He doesn’t give a rat’s patootie about the Open Meetings Law and wants to jam through illegally-spawned legislation outside of legal parameters.

Perhaps these are all big words that he, his brother and his Big Earner Pop (can you say cronyism) can fathom. Now it turns out that Fitzgerald, advised by the Grand Fanook Walker, acted like a Capo di tutti capi when he paid a visit to the Legislative Reference Bureau and hit the mattresses and was a loyal Zu and Koch Brothers’ Messaggero to get them to be on the pad:

Three visibly uncomfortable staffers of the Legislative Reference Bureau, including the bureau director, testified Tuesday about what appears to be a pivotal, early morning meeting with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald that led to the bureau publishing the controversial collective bargaining bill.

Stephen Miller, the bureau’s director, said that he arrived to work around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, March 25, and was soon made aware of a 9:30 a.m. meeting with Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

Miller said he did not know what the meeting was about until after it began.

Miller said Fitzgerald then expressed to those in attendance that “we should publish it.”

According to testimony, Senate Chief Clerk Rob Marchant, Cathlene Hanaman, the deputy chief of the bureau, and Jeff Kuesel, an attorney with the reference bureau, were also present at the meeting.

“He is our boss,” she finally said. “His asking could be seen as insisting.”

Miller then testified that Fitzgerald told him to call Kevin St. John at the Attorney General’s Office if he had any questions. Miller said he had only called the Attorney General’s Office a few other times since he began working at the bureau in 1998. Miller said he was not aware St. John was the deputy attorney general, or No. 2 in command.


Miller has repeatedly stated that he did not believe the actions of the non-partisan reference bureau would make the bill law.

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