Thursday, February 16, 2012
Jon Erpenbach Please Marry Me
If the Siren were to compare JP to Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzy is a butt boil, a loser and red faced baby man.
Jon Erpenbach is just da bomb baby - all day, everyday.
Oh, this is not a new admiration, far from it. We have loved JP for years and spent our days exercising, fasting, exfoliating and reading obscure case law just in the slim hope of making ourselves worthy. However, JP has rendered himself so very hubba, hubba we must declare our love - ready or not - for all to behold.
Why? Well our future husband has entered in to a war of words recently with attorney's at Michael Best & Friedrich and has requested they provide him with their correspondence with GOP (specifically, the butt boil himself, Scott Fitzgerald) lawmakers regarding their secret redistricting retainer agreement.
Naturally, MB&F don't want to hand anything over to anyone let alone the god of gods, Jon Erpenbach. So our hero has penned what is perhaps the sexiest letter regarding client-attorney privilege ever put to paper:
Eric M. McLeod
Michael Best & Friedrich
One South Pinckney St
Madison, WI 53703
Dear Mr McLeod,
I am in receipt of your letter of February 13. I am disappointed to learn that, rather than respond promptly to my request for the entire file on redistricting; you have referred my request to Senator Fitzgerald.
Upon what legal authority do you rely for the proposition that you need not respond to requests for information and work product from other State Senators? If that’s part of the retainer agreement your firm has with the Wisconsin State Senate, then I’d like to see that retainer agreement, as well.
I understand that in certain instances a legislative body may seek legal advice and counsel through its majority political leadership. But each State Senator possesses equivalent authority under Wisconsin law to represent his or her constituents and conduct the state’s business. In other words, Senator Fitzgerald is first among equals by virtue of his membership in the majority party. That is all.
In this particular situation, as stated in your letter dated February 13, you freely admit that “our client is the Wisconsin State Senate” The qualifying phrase you added (“acting by its Majority Leader Scott L. Fitzgerald”) is not relevant to my request for the redistricting file. Senator Fitzgerald is the Majority Leader, but he is not the leader of the Senate Democrats, who happen to be 16 members of the 33-member body you represent.
You and your firm represent the entire Wisconsin State Senate, of which I am an equal member. We (the entire Wisconsin State Senate) are being sued. Your firm is seeking to suppress, I believe the number to be 84, email correspondences between the majority party and your firm. In that motion, you are claiming attorney client privilege. Really? I’m a client and have yet to see one single thing from you or your firm, let alone any of the documents you are seeking to suppress.
As a client I want to know why you are claiming attorney-client privilege when 16 of your clients have no idea what’s in those emails.
I believe you are obligated to answer these and any other questions I might ask you as your client. Therefore, I am writing for the last time to request that you immediately provide me with the entire redistricting file, including all files, memos, talking points and any and all communications regarding your work on redistricting as an attorney retained by the Wisconsin State Senate to represent, by definition, ALL members of the Wisconsin State Senate.
Readers can find all the necessary links on Jeff Simpson's article at Blogging Blue...we shall not join you...Jeff didn't post a picture of our one true love to gaze upon...so we shall stay here.