Stu Levitan wrote:Tommy Thompson was the most successful Governor in modern Wisconsin history. Also an experienced legislative leader. If he were to be intellectually honest, and applied himself, he would be a wonderful resource for the La Follete School of Public Administration.
Tommy Thompson may have been the most successful politician
in modern Wisconsin history, but I would not agree with the Governor or legislative leader part, except in the very basic way of forcing through what he wanted. You seem to have forgotten the multiple times he prevented everyone--the legislature included--from finding out how is Welfare to Work program was doing by refusing to release the findings. Also he launched the Department of Administration under Jim Klauser, which saddled the state with the PeopleSoft crap the UW is still struggling to get out from under. Then there was his Vanna White veto shenanigans, such as the time he creatively rewrote the Arts Board allocation to send it all to his wife's favorite orchestra. And that doesn't even touch his habit of diverting as much of the budget as possible to his road-building campaign contributors.
As a politician and an administrator he was an opportunist, an empire builder, and an arrogant sneak who made sure he and his cronies made as much money as possible from the public purse. I don't personally want to see him perpetuating those practices with a new generation.