It looks like the Democratic blogosphere is full of love for their fall gal. Personally I am glad she was set free. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals was correct in that doing what your boss tells you is not against the law. I have to admit at the time I assumed she was a relative of this Thompson, or this Thompson, or even this Thompson and therefore was probably guilty. This was clearly a case a mistaken identity or at least guilt by association, and for that I am sorry.
I am sure, as the Democratic bloggers have made perfectly clear, that the Bush hack is partisan as hell, but so what. It was the jury who was fed up with all the corruption coming out of the Doyle administration. They unfairly pinned this on a civil servant who was trying to make her boss happy. If we look at Doyle’s corruption history from having inside deals with energy corporations, to Travelgate, and more recently Troha, he has turned Wisconsin government into one big whorehouse.
Today the JS Online had this to say,
OK, Governor. Tired of folks, the media included, noting that people who contribute often benefit? Tired of people drawing unwarranted conclusions from the indictment of a Kenosha businessman who might benefit if you view with favor a casino deal he was involved in? The businessman is accused of laundering contributions to your campaign through family members.
JS Online’s solution is public financing of campaigns. I am fine with this as long as there are tough criminal prosecutions for donors and recipients alike. I certainly do not fall into the group who believe Doyle is a victim corrupted by an evil system.
I think the person who most needs to apologize to Georgia Thompson is Jim Doyle. He came to office promising to clean up politics in Madison, yet made it abundantly clear early in his administration that politics as usual were going to be the order of the day. If Georgia Thompson had steered state business to Adelman Travel during the reign of a Republican governor, you’d be the first one to smell and expose the rat.