That Time Scott Walker Went On a Real Witch Hunt

Written by SK Ashby

We're not talking about a metaphorical witch hunt the likes of which the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has embarked on over the past several years.

In 2001, when Scott Walker was merely an assemblyman, he engaged in a real witch hunt aimed at a Wiccan prison chaplain.

via ThinkProgress

Walker’s stated objections were entirely based on her religion. Announcing that his committee could investigate her hiring, Walker said, “I can’t imagine that most of the inmates would feel particularly comfortable going to that individual … I would think, in some ways from a religious standpoint, it might actually put inmates in a position that talking to [a Wiccan] is contrary to what some of their own religious beliefs might be.” In addition to considering eliminating the funds for Witch’s post, Walker also suggested he might consider a likely unconstitutional idea: allocating chaplain positions in proportion to the religious faiths of the prison population.

The ironic thing about Walker pushing to eliminate funding for Witch's position is that the position was only available because Walker successfully appropriated funds for it.

In other words, Walker pushed to eliminate his own pet program because, in his mind, they hired the wrong person. And this comes from a man who, six weeks earlier following the September 11th attacks, co-authored a resolution affirming the "unity and patriotism of the American people, who hold diverse religious beliefs and represent diverse ethnic heritages.”

So much for that.

Walker's personal crusade against Rev. Jamyi Witch was ultimately unsuccessful as he went on to become the Milwaukee County Executive in 2002 before he could fully realize his unconstitutional legislation.

Scott Walker would sell his first-born or the state's economy for higher office.