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THE JUDGE'S CONFLICT OF INTEREST?

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 I've devoted several posts the absurd ignore-the-law/constitution/rules ruling by Dane County judge Maryann Sumi blocking the union reform bill

. Here, Big Government takes a look at a connection that the judge apparently did not disclose when she handed the unions here big (but temporary) victory on Friday.

From her son's webpage: (Via Freedom Eden)

Check out Jake on Facebook.

Look at his profile picture.



Read his wall.


 

This one requires an explicit language warning:

RIP middle class--Wisconsin has officially become the Tea Party's laboratory for plutocracy. This is the beginning of the end unless we can get these f**kers out of office. 299 days to recall; please do what you can to fight this travesty.

 

There's more.

Notes: Big Government:

This is a problem. Judge Maryann Sumi should have recused herself entirely from the Wisconsin battle due to her inability to be neutral in this case. You see, Maryann Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.

Jacob “Jake” Sinderbrand, Sumi’s son [see page nine here], runs a company called Left Field Strategies, a firm that works on political campaigns.

 

We are a firm dedicated to maximizing efficient and effective voter contact in a modern campaign atmosphere. Specializing in doorknocking and phone bank strategies, we use state-of-the-art campaign resources to ensure that no doorknock or phone call is wasted as you campaign for office. We bring extensive experience as professional canvassers and callers, who have knocked on tens of thousands of doors, and have cut hundreds of thousands of doors and phone numbers for various issue and electoral campaigns.

As a “lifelong political actvist,” it appears Sumi’s apple didn’t fall far from the tree. According to Sinderland’s bio on his website:

A lifelong political activist, Jake Sinderbrand got his start as a volunteer doorknocker, and has years of experience training both volunteers and canvassing staff. Jake graduated from Macalester College cum laude with a degree in political science, specializing in American political structures. He has developed his professional political experience serving as a lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and as data manager for the SEIU State Council through the 2008 election cycle. Jake’s expertise in canvass planning and turf strategy helped these organizations to have among the most successful field operations in Minnesota.

 

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