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Governor says he doesn't check whether political appointees signed recall petition

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker says he never routinely checks to see whether his state government appointee candidates signed the 2011 recall petitions against him.

The Republican Walker refused to confirm-or-deny yesterday that Joshua Inglett had his appointment as a U-W student Regent withdrawn because he signed the petition. The governor simply said he had other candidates, and would name a replacement soon.

Inglett, an engineering physics student at U-W Platteville, was named Monday by Walker to a two-year term as a student member of the university’s policy-setting body. Right Wisconsin-Dot-Com reported on Wednesday that Inglett signed the recall petition. Later on Wednesday, Inglett said a Walker aide called to ask if he signed. He said he did, and a few hours later, he was told his appointment was rescinded.

Inglett said he was questioned extensively before his nomination, and the subject of the recall never came up. G-O-P Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he should have brought it up anyway. Inglett said he answered every question he was asked by Walker’s people, and he objects to being portrayed as someone who was not forthcoming. He told a reporter quote, “I felt my character had been attacked.”

Platteville chancellor Dennis Shields defended his honor student, and said he was still proud of him. Moderate Senate Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center and Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach of Middleton both asked Walker to reconsider, and appoint Inglett anyway. Erpenbach said it looks as if the governor keeps a black-list in his office and quote, “It’s McCarthyism.”