Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Tarantino tells audience she did not lie under oath

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At a candidate forum for the special election in the 98th Assembly District, the candidates were asked if they ever lied under oath or been arrested. In front of the approximately 100 people in attendance, Jeanne Tarantino gave a simple, “no.”

Tarantino is a former aide to Lt Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Tarantino left the office for a different position in state government before deciding to run for the open Assembly seat. In a recent divorce proceeding, Tarantino said under oath – twice – that her transfer from the Lt Governor’s office was the result of discrimination. The story was reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before the divorce hearing records were sealed.

Tarantino has apologized publicly for her statement under oath but has refused to actually say she was not telling the truth under oath. The charge of discrimination has been denied by both Kleefisch and Governor Scott Walker. Complicating the issue, Kleefisch endorsed Tarantino in the primary,

On Monday night, when given a chance to explain herself, Tarantino instead chose instead to leave the accusation against Kleefisch uncorrected.

The question that is now posed to Kleefisch, will she withdraw her endorsement of Tarantino, or will she allow Tarantino continue to publicly attack the Lt Governor’s reputation with a very serious charge?

Will Kleefisch say Tarantino lied to an audience of over 100 people, or is she willing to allow Tarantino to stand by the smear of the Lt Governor?

Ironically, in response to the next question Tarantino cited the work she did for Kleefisch as a qualification for the office she’s now seeking. The voters of the 98th Assembly district are wondering if Kleefisch agrees.

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