Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Update On L'Affaire De Fischer

A couple of months ago, Whallah! introduced the gentle reader to Kevin Fischer. Fischer, if you may remember, is the reprobate that tried to intimidate FranklinNow blogger, Greg Kowalski.

This produced a ripple effect through the cheddarshpere, including the question of did he do his blogging on state time and if he did the blogging for his boss, state Senator Mary Lazich.

Michael Mathias at Pundit Nation, has kept up his own research and has received a response from Lazich about how much work Fischer does for her (emphasis mine):

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) permits her legislative aide Kevin Fischer to prepare and post blog entries that appear under her name at the Journal Communications' Now sites as part of his duties as a state employee, but she prohibits Fischer from doing any work on his own blog at the Franklin Now site.

Lazich confirmed this arrangement in an e-mail to me following concerns raised about Fischer's personal attacks on bloggers and readers leaving comments at his site (some of whom were Lazich’s constituents) as well as concerns I raised about whether it was appropriate for Journal Communications to give both Lazich and Fischer such a prominent platform for their political operation.
That's all fine and dandy, but her response raises one question in my mind: How does she enforce her prohibition? Given how much production levels drop around the country during this season of March Madness, how can she be sure he is not up to shenanigans in her office?

1 comment:

  1. Mary's blog gives her increased opportunity to make irrational and one-way rants--and more opportunities to ignore the opinions and will of the constituents she claims to represent. I wish she'd just get it over with and run for the Ohio Senate. She represents them much better than she does our state, anyway.