Scott Walker’s former DFI secretary has cut a digital ad for Dem rival Tony Evers’ campaign, saying in the spot he was required to meet with special interests who had donated to his boss and was told to avoid creating documents that could be subject to the open records law.
Former Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Peter Bildsten is the second former Walker cabinet member to do an ad for Evers, the state schools superintendent. Former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall earlier did a digital ad in which he also said he was told to avoid creating written records.
Wall, who was fired from DOJ after suggesting Walker’s then-chief of staff destroy a letter the former secretary sent to him, also said in that digital spot that Walker mismanaged issues at the state’s youth prison.
Bildsten opens the new spot saying Walker “changed after the recalls.”
“It seemed like every decision Walker made was about pleasing his donors,” Bildsten says.
Along with donors, Bildsten said he had to meet with lobbyists from the payday lending industry.
“And I was told to avoid making electronic records,” Bildsten says before closing the spot. “I thought Scott Walker was different. But he’s just another politician looking out for himself.”
Bildsten, who was Walker’s first DFI secretary, left the post in 2015.
Evers campaign said the spot is running digitally statewide.