Tuesday, May 22, 2012

CRG Throws A Big Fucking (Anonymous) Tantrum In Janesville

Citizens for a Responsible Government is pissed off. Perhaps it was the failure to convince voters they should recall Bob Jauch over GOP intransigence negotiating the mining bill...however the Siren thinks CRG is just perpetually PO'd. They just roll that way.

Anyway, a flyer appeared over the weekend in Janesville by a mystery group which lists all the names of the teachers in the Janesville school district and their salaries - which is a little creepy but everyone knows this is public information so no big deal.

The truly creepy part is that the flyer directs people to the www.iverifytherecall.com website to check and see if little Jimmy's third grade teacher signed a recall petition. If she did, you can fill out a handy slip at the bottom to request that Jimmy be taught by "non-radical" teachers next year.

Klassy.

Okay, so it's a free country. A group can pass out anything they want - who cares? Well the flyer was printed anonymously - no credit was given to the geniuses who came up with the idea, no website, no phone number - nothing.

When people started calling the Janesville Gazette to find out who placed the flyer with their Sunday paper the Gazette said it wasn't them - but they were now a little curious themselves.

Well, it turns out that CRG made a open records request for teacher's names and salaries just in March. The Gazette contacted Orville Seymer -the CRG spokesperson - the guy who requested the information and he owned up to the request.

Seymer also said the locals who participated in the stunt did not want their names revealed for fear of retaliation.

Retaliation?

Let's unpack the irony of the situation: CRG who think and act like a real organization assist in printing thousands of flyers to be put in the newspaper boxes of thousands of residents listing the names of hundreds of teachers with their salaries (which is public information) along with a place they can look up whether that teacher publicly and legally signed a recall petition (which is public information) and refers to them as "radicals" but won't put their own names on a flyer they distribute to the public?

CRG, doing God's work - just not admitting to it. What a bunch of assholes.