Daily DoseWednesday, March 19, 2014
UW System Needs To Do a Thorough Background Check on Walker Allies Jim Villa and Georgia Maxwell
I guess that doesn’t
matter to Jim Villa, the ethically challenged friend of and former top aide to Scott
Walker, who's on the short list for a job with the UW System.
Villa is the head of
the Commercial Realtors Association of Wisconsin, which I’m sure is featured
prominently on his resume, as is his stint as chief of staff to Walker.
But Jim Villa is so
Villa had (or still
has) a lobbying group that was involved in a shady scheme for office space
for county workers.
He shows up often in
the emails released as part of Kelly Rindfleisch’s conviction in the John Doe 1
case. Villa participated in campaign/county emails that had nothing to do with
the campaign—other than that they concerned his friend, Walker, or real estate
news he could exploit.
notoriously, Rindfleisch’s “landlord” so that she could claim Milwaukee County
residency and work for Walker. But as the prosecutors found, Rindfleisch mostly
lived in her Columbia County home, and would wake up at 4 a.m. so that she
could drive to Milwaukee and do her campaign work on Milwaukee County
Surely Villa knew
that Rindfleisch wasn’t “really” living in Milwaukee County, but he provided
cover for her.
Villa tried to tip off Rindfleisch about the Darlene Wink getting busted for politicking while working for Walker. You know—the private router and all that.
He also sent Rindfleisch a very curious email about her involvement with his commercial Realtors’ group. “We are not two silos on our own it is one organization,” he wrote to Rindfleisch, before talking about her pay structure and goals.
So the UW System may
want to do a little digging if they are seriously considering taking on Villa.
Then there’s Georgia
Maxwell, another friend of Walker’s who's up for the UW System job. Maxwell managed his 2008 re-election
campaign and she, as well, turns up in the Rindfleisch emails. She also
employed Brian Pierick, Tim Russell’s partner, when Pierick was trying to
entice a Waukesha boy into his van so that they could exchange porn. Nice judge
of character, Georgia.
It’s so sad that the
Walker era is so full of these ambitious, unscrupulous “friends.” And, even
worse, that they’re on the public’s payroll.