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John J. Schulze, the self described "funny dude" who bragged in a 2010 email about using the state of Wisconsin's email system to send out a fake press release in 1998, is no longer employed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as of Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Judith Davidoff is reporting in The Isthmus that Schulze is "no longer with the department" according to an agency spokesperson.

Peg Schmitt, public information officer for the DOT, would not confirm whether Schulze was terminated. "We do not comment on personnel matters," she said in an email.

Schulze is perhaps the first casualty of the release last week of thousands of documents related to the John Doe probe of aides who worked with Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive. The emails revealed a secret email system that mixed county and political business.

UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes a Walker spokesperson:

"It came to our attention last week that an email sent by a Department of Transportation employee before his joining the administration contained inappropriate and offensive content. The email is in poor taste and there is no room for this poor conduct in Governor Walker's administration," Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said.

Here is the text of the email, sent in 2010, that was recently made public after the conclusion of the secret investigation:

Subject: look what I found on an old zip drive
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:21:39 PM

Two comments:
1) I cannot believe I sent this over the state email system
2) I am one funny dude

                            F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E

September 18, 1998

For more information, please contact the Madison Department for Infectious Diseases

Senate Staff Return from Nevada NCSL (Madison)…Today the Joint Legislative Committee on Tourism, Commerce and Public Health plans to convene a hearing on the possibility of legalizing prostitution in the state of Wisconsin. Jim Villa and Jim Emerson, two state Senate staffers who led the fact finding mission for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), are expected to testify.

"Arrrgh! God, it hurts when I pee," shouted Villa from a ground floor state Capitol restroom. "I thought Clymedia was a flower!"

Emerson is expected to report that legalized prostitution can have a hug upside, including being a tourism attraction for the Wisconsin Dells to take the place of Tommy Bartlett's Robot World, and an employment opportunity in the form of W-2 transition

"By the end of the trip it felt like I was hooked up to one of those milking machines," Emerson said. "I will never be able to look at ping pong balls and uneven parallel bars the same way again."

Villa said that the success of the fact-finding mission was the result of NCSL's commitment to research.

"NCSL completely kicks ass," Villa said. "I went to an ALEC conference on blowjobs and it took a week for me to get the taste out of my mouth."

Emerson noted that for legalized prostitution to truly be successful in Wisconsin, the state Department of Regulation and Licensing will have to develop and enforce strict guidelines.

"Believe me, there is a big difference between a transvestite and a transsexual," Emerson said. "I would be willing to pay a little extra to guarantee quality."
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I previously wrote about Mr. Schulze here.

Originally posted to Giles Goat Boy on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:28 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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