Governor Scott Walker appointed Stephen Fitzgerald, the 68-year-old father of Wisconsin's top Republican legislators, to head the State Patrol. Even the Wisconsin State Journal thinks it doesn't pass the smell test. The elder Fitzgerald can now pad his pension and retire on his own schedule. One would think that Scott Walker would know that insider deals to boost public pensions can come back to bite an executive in the ass. He must be counting on the anger-diffusing power of a Green Bay Packer Superbowl victory.
In other State Patrol news, the security detail assigned to the Governor's family will be increased from four to six. The reasons cited involved the family's two teen-age sons, who are still living and attending school in Wauwatosa. Their mother splits time between Madison and 'Tosa, and their grandparents will soon be moving in to help out.
In the meantime, it must be a tremendous relief to the concerned parents that a couple of dedicated State Patrol officers will be keeping an eye on the boys and chauffeuring them around.