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Walker sued by woman passed over as Marinette County register of deeds
A woman passed over as Marinette County register of deeds this year sued Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday, saying he violated a federal law that prohibits denying people jobs because they have filed for bankruptcy.
A woman passed over as Marinette County register of deeds this year sued Wisconsin GovScott Walker on Wednesday, saying he violated a federal law that prohibits denying people jobs because they have filed for bankruptcy
The suit by Deputy Register of Deeds Becky Chasensky also alleges Walker violated her rights under the 14th Amendment of the U.SConstitution.
The Journal Sentinel reported in April that Walker initially planned to appoint Chasensky as register of deeds but later changed courseHe instead appointed Renee Miller, a friend of RepJohn Nygren, R-Marinette, who has worked on his campaigns for five years and is married to Nygren's campaign treasurer, Paul Miller.
Renee Miller had no previous experience with land records and vital records.
Two other applicants had detailed knowledge of how the office of the register of deeds works.
Records show Walker was first advised to appoint Chasensky to the jobBut that plan changed after aides to Walker learned Chasensky filed for bankruptcy in 2009, Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said at the time.
Werwie also is named in Wednesday's suit, which was filed in the U.SDistrict Court in Wisconsin's Eastern DistrictHe declined to comment Wednesday.
Chasensky's attorney, Lawrence Albrecht, referred a reporter to the federal lawsuit.
Walker said Wednesday at a news conference in Madison that he was "completely confident" that his office had acted correctly in the matter and that the court would affirm that.Advertisement
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