Slate “reporter” Dave Weigel was tagged with that nickname by a blogger here in 2008. He first came to my attention when Dick Armey invited him to be present at a Freedom Works Tea Party strategy session here (his entree for that event appears to have been through his buddy Grover Norquist) and here.
I posted many times on Weigel’s career—it struck me that he was more of an agitator then a reporter. At one point he wrote for the Washington Post as its Tea Party blogger (yes! no kidding) until he was urged to resign in 2010 when it was revealed he had written some really nasty e-mails about the Presidential candidates he was supposed to be reporting on, here.
Now his name pops up again—helping to create stories (which he then becomes part of!).
It would seem that Weigel is still a friend of Norquist. I wonder do people like Gov. Walker know the kinds of people traveling in Norquist’s circles?
Below is how the story from Sheboyganpress.com begins:
MADISON — The tweet went out from Washington, D.C., earlier this month, a fairly innocuous note from a blogger at the Christmas party of conservative power broker Grover Norquist.
“Gov. Scott Walker just left ATR/Norquist Xmas party.”
It’s no shock that a prominent Republican would attend a party hosted by Norquist and his organization, Americans for Tax Reform. Still, news that Walker was in the nation’s capitol was met with surprise back home.
That’s because the tweet, from Slate political reporter Dave Weigel, was the first clue most Wisconsin political watchers had that their governor was out of state.
Walker just completed the single most lucrative period of fundraising for a candidate in state history. And almost half of the $5.1 million he raised since July came from beyond our borders.
But the governor has refused to keep the public informed as to his comings and goings. His presence in New York, or Texas or Washington has been learned after the fact and almost always tipped off by a blogger or a website listing.
I guess you can see this Wisconsin publication is out to get the Governor. I was glad to hear that Walker is out and about raising money to fight the unions in Wisconsin, but he needs to learn to keep his distance from Grover and his pals.