Walker Says DOT Task Force Members Should Have Contacted Him Before Quitting

One Member Said They Tried To Speak To DOT Secretary, But Was Referred To Someone Else

Gov. Scott Walker said the four task force members should have reached out to him or DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. Photo: Gateway Technical College (CC-BY-NC-ND).

Gov. Scott Walker contends that four people who have quit a state drunk driving task force didn’t contact his office or the office of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb.

The four have released a letter saying the Department of Transportation is operating a “hollow process” that collaborates too much with tavern owners and the alcohol industry.

Walker said he didn’t appoint the task force.

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This is really a working group that was set before I was governor,” said Walker. “But I would stress that if I was one of those task force members, if I had a concern, I would contact either the secretary or the governor. They didn’t (do) either. They just put a statement out.”

One of the panel members that stepped down, Maureen Busalacchi, said she tried to contact Gottlieb, but was referred to the DOT’s director of safety programs.

Gottlieb is now offering to meet with the four. He contends that the state Tavern League did not have undue or excessive influence on the drunk driving task force