CRG giving Walker “hero status” for increasing county spending by 6%?

Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG) is running radio ads right now against a couple members of the Milwaukee Board of Supervisors, one of whom who earlier this week voted against the Board’€™s budget.

Despite her vote against the budget, Patricia Jursik is apparently being targeted because of her support for spending in the past. Theo Lipscomb voted for the board’s budget and backed a local sales tax increase to fund transit and parks that passed in a referendum last year.

There’s another reason, I suspect, for these attack campaigns: both of these Supervisors have been vocal critics of CRG and their thuggish tactics, one calling them outright ‘€œbullies’€ and the other inconveniently pointed out lies and inaccuracies in CRG radio ads back in October.

I think these two quotes from CRG frontman, Chris Kliesmet say it all:

“At the end of the day, [supervisors] have to do what they are told, not what they feel like doing,” said Kliesmet. MJS 11/11/09

“If they are not willing to do that, you use the power of the electorate to see that they will,” Kliesmet vowed. “That has been our modus operandi.” MJS 10/12/05

If CRG actually was FOR responsible government and not merely a front group pushing Scott Walker for governor, they would have come out guns blazing against Walker’€™s 2010 ‘€œcredit card’€ budget, which actually INCREASES spending from 2009 by 6.3% — twice the rate of inflation.

As pointed out by Eye on Wisconsin: From 2003 to 2010, Walker has increased county spending by 35%, and raised the levy 18% — that’€™s a $40 million dollar increase.

But then again, what can you expect from a group created to get Walker elected and push his policies at any cost?

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