Friday, January 31, 2014

Christine Sinicki's 'Honest Mistake'

Bret Lemoine, FOX6 News, interviewed Christine Sinicki about her driving illegally.

Sinicki claims it was all an "honest mistake."

From FOX6 News:

Democratic State Representative Christine Sinicki is under fire by a conservative website claiming the lawmaker has been driving to and from Madison on a suspended license. posted Sinicki’s per diem reports for 2013. Each month, Sinicki signed her name to the reports, indicating the Milwaukee representative was driving herself to her Madison office.

The per diem is a reimbursement for mileage. While not tied to a lawmaker’s license or driving record, Media Trackers claims it’s a “signed confirmation by Sinicki that she was driving at a time when her license was suspended.”
Read Brian Sikma's Media Trackers report here.
Sinicki is defending herself, telling FOX6 News the issue stemmed from unpaid parking tickets in late 2011 or early 2012. When Sinicki was pulled over in Jefferson County for speeding — court records show that happened in October — Sinicki says she had no idea she was driving illegally.
That's not much of a defense.

"I didn't realize that I had been driving on a suspended license"?

My driver's license has never been suspended. I've never had a ticket. No parking tickets, no speeding tickets. I've never been ticketed for anything, ever. So I don't know how this works, but I think you'd know if your license had been suspended. At least, you should know.

Did Sinicki break the law?

YEAH! It's black and white. She was driving illegally.

...Sinicki admits that on at least two separate occasions she didn’t know her license was suspended and claims the whole ordeal was an honest mistake.

This is not good. What is Sinicki's problem? I think it's good when lawmakers obey the law, but that's just me.

From Media Trackers:

After she called Governor Scott Walker’s state of the state address on Wednesday evening “full of sh@!” on her Facebook page, Rep. Christine Sinicki garnered some instant statewide media attention. But beyond a profane comment directed at the chief executive in the middle of his annual speech to the legislature, what has Rep. Sinicki done, and who is she?

...In October of 2012, two warrants were issued for Sinicki after she failed to appear in court for traffic violations.

That same month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Sinicki and her husband owed the City of Milwaukee $9,000 in back property taxes. The couple had failed to pay and the City turned the matter over to a collections agency.

Property taxes weren’t the legislator’s only financial problem. The paper also reported that she was facing her third foreclosure in 10 years after being unable to make payments.
Again, what is Sinicki's problem?

She's not very responsible.

Here's video of the FOX6 News Sinicki interview:

This is the second time Sinicki has been the target of media attention. Last week she took issue with the content of Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State address.
Poor Christine. She's being "targeted."

Sinicki is trying to portray herself as a victim.

That portrayal doesn't fly.