In April 2010, Scott Walker and his staff realized they had a potential problem on their hands that would require them to quietly fire a woman who appeared to be completely competent at her job. The issue was that she had what they perceived to be a "checkered" past: She used to be a thong model.Um, all right. So is "thong model" one of those uncomfortable euphemisms, or ... what are we talking about here?
"It isn't pornographic," wrote [chief of staff Thomas] Nardelli, "but it is quite suggestive (I'm told - I don't know her name). [...] Apparently she's competent, but even the Medical Director is dismayed that she has a varied life style outside of her medical profession."People surrounding Walker keep getting convicted for things ranging from stealing money to stealing money from children, etc., etc., and meanwhile the gears of Wisconsin government were whirring away on the question of how to fire a state-hired doctor that had previously done some insufficiently authorized thong modeling. Because that would make them look bad.
In response, Walker replied, "Get rid of the MD asap."
It wasn't all serious work, though. Sometimes the staff sent jokes to one another, such as a email forwarded racist joke from Nardelli purporting to be "the nightmare" of dreaming you are a homosexual Jewish black man. The punchline:
Say it isn't so!!! I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted, Jewish homosexual on a pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but please, Oh dear God, please don't tell me I'm a Democrat!Ha ha ha ... what a hilarious crew that Scott Walker has. All right, I'm just gonna be over here leaning over a trash can for a while. Y'all are welcome to read through the other 27,000 pages of documents on your own—I'm out.