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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Hit Women


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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Hit Women

  1. 1. This post was republished to elmsprogressivemedia at 7:36:36 PM 2/6/2012Meet Governor Scott Walker’s New PoliticalHit WomenThe embattled Wisconsin governor hires two young Republicans who are veterans of no-holds-barred campaigns and propaganda efforts.February 5, 2012 |Jocelyn Webster, left, and Ciara Matthews, right, were hired as spokes women by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.LIKE THIS ARTICLE ?Join our mailing list:Sign up to stay up to date on the latest News & Politics headlines via email. E-mail addressAs Wisconsin’s recall elections approach, Republican Governor Scott Walker hasenlisted an eyebrow-raising pair of well-connected, out-of-state political operators to sellhis administrations policies and promote his reelection. Of the two young women, onecut her teeth with Karl Rove and the other promoting anti-abortion causes and workingwith Tea Party favorite Sharon Angle.Late last year, the governors office announced it had hired 28-year-old Jocelyn Websterto serve as communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Administration(DOA). The department manages the state buildings where most of the anti-Walkerprotests have been held, and its duties include setting rules for protests. Webster
  2. 2. started her career with Roves notorious Office of Political Affairs in the George W. Bushadministration.A congressional investigation of the activities of that office yielded allegations --including specific allegations against Webster – that Roves team was involved inpartisan campaigning on the public dime, a claim also leveled at aides of her newestboss during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive.As activists gathered signatures to recall the governor in late 2011, Walker also hirednew campaign staff, including Ciara Matthews as campaign communication director.Matthews, a 20-something Nevada native, has worked as spokesperson for an anti-abortion group as well as Angles 2010 senate campaign, where she defended Anglesracially tinged ads and banned reporters from a candidate event for asking questionswithout permission.Websters Eye-Rolling Leads to Discovery of Her Karl Rove RootsJocelyn Webster, the new DOA communications director, first caught the eye of citizensattending a public "information session" about restrictions on rallies in the capitol.On December 1, Walkers DOA released a 23-page policy announcing new limits ondemonstrations in and around the state capitol, the site of massive protests in early2011. Most observers viewed the new rules as an effort to suppress dissent. Webstersname was at the top of the December 1 press release announcing the new restrictions,and she was quoted in the press claiming that the “updated policy is meant to removeconfusion and create consistency” for law enforcement officers and the public.DOA announced a two-week “educational period” to help the public understand the newrestrictions before they took effect. During the contentious public information sessions,Webster hovered in the background, but her eye-rolling in response to citizensexpressing concerns about restrictions on their freedom of speech led some to take acloser look at her experience and her background.From Washington to WisconsinWebster is no cheesehead. She was most recently in Dallas, Texas, workinggovernment relations for the global convenience store chain 7-Eleven. Previously, sheworked four months for New Jersey governor Chris Christies PR shop. For nine monthsbefore that she pushed press inside the Beltway on education policy in the 2008election year. She also worked PR for New Yorker Rudy Giulianis presidentialcampaign.But before those experiences, Webster worked for the federal governmentin Washington DC, and was cited in a major congressional investigation.After graduating from college in California, Webster got a gig at the new Department of
  3. 3. Homeland Security as a liaison to the George W. Bush White House. After six months,she moved to the White House and became a staffer in the Office of Political Affairs(OPA) in February 2006. OPA was overseen by Karl Rove and was reportedly taskedwith tracking the political environment. A three-year investigation into OPA concluded inJanuary 2011 with a report showing the office routinely violated the Hatch Act, a federallaw prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars for partisan political activities. 1 2 3 4 Next page »View as a single pagediggShare7 COMMENTS A A ALIKED THIS ARTICLE? JOIN OUR EMAIL LISTStay up to date with the latest News & Politics headlines via email E-mail addressYou might like:O’Reilly: The Muppets ‘better watch it’ (The Raw Story)
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