98th Assembly Seat Candidate Claims Discrimination in Lt. Governor's Office

Jeanne Tarantino, former aide to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, said in a deposition that she was transfered from her state job because of her gender and age.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch’s 2010 campaign manager said she was discriminated against and transferred last month from her state job because of her age and gender, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

Jeanne Tarantino — who is a candidate for the 98th Assembly District special election — said this while being questioned in December as part of legal dispute with her ex-husband.

When asked why she was terminated from the lieutenant governor's office, Tarantino said it was because she was an older woman and they wanted a younger man in the position.

Kleefisch and Gov. Scott Walker’s office has denied the accusation from Tarantino that she was discriminated when she was transferred out of her $69,900 salary job in the lieutenant governor’s office, reported the Journal Sentinel.

Tarantino was transferred to the Department of Workforce Development as a project leader in the state. She later left that job to run for an Assembly District seat, which represents parts of Waukesha and Sussex, against four other candidates.

Kleefisch has endorsed Tarantino in her Assembly race.

In the deposition, Tarantino also said she felt the discrimination continued onto her second job, the Journal Sentinel reported. A spokesperson for Walker’s office said Kleefisch’s office handles their own staffing.

When asked why she did not file a discrimination complaint after being transferred, the Journal Sentinel reported that Tarantino said in the deposition, "Because I'll never work in Wisconsin again."

J D January 30, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Papers weren't filed until January. Did you withhold your own public support until then? I supported Adam Neylon right away, because I've known him for ten years. I trust him, and respect him and hope he's my next Representative. And I honestly have no idea who you're referring to "hates the women vote" but I suspect that person must have a difficult time getting elected.
Keith Best January 30, 2013 at 03:10 AM
@Steve Edlund....I got the Avatar on FaceBook. I know and have seen a bunch of people use it. What's your point? Oh and their is a Democrat running in the 98th.
Keith Best January 30, 2013 at 03:13 AM
@Chris B When did Eric Prudent drop out of the race?
Chris B January 30, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I don't have an exact date, heard it or read it somewhere so I would have to say its unofficial.
ImConservative January 30, 2013 at 04:06 AM
How incredibly ironic that Belling set this whole thing up over the past few days only to finally announce today that ironically, there is someone else running, wait for it, wait for it.... Adam Neylon, who works for Misogynist in Chief, Bill Kramer, who just happens to be friends with Jeanne's ex. You can't make this stuff up people! No mention of any other candidate whatsoever! Phony baloney. Who didn't see that coming? Belling went on and on about being mystified that Kleefisch is STILL supporting Tarantino. Keep in mind, Tarantino never once said Kleefisch fired her and by all accounts, Kleefisch didn't want her to go. But Belling wants us to believe that Kleefisch hated Tarantino so much that she went right out and endorsed her AND then went out and campaigned for her AND she refuses to say Tarantino is a liar. And Keith, didn't RPW order you to shut up already? You ARE running for a Waukesha County GOP seat, right? Jeanne isn't the unstable one. You and your boy toy candidate who doesn't know jack about the issues are.
Chris B January 30, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Keith , just checked the GAB website, Prudent is not on ballot for the 98th district. The report was dated 1/14/2013. Only five Republican candidates listed. Sure hope this isn"t Republican on Republican negative politicking, just makes the party look bad.
ImConservative January 30, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Chris, that is exactly what it is. Adam can't run on the issues or experience or endorsements, so this is all they can come up with. Jeanne has the experience, the credentials, the endorsements and she has and continues to raise money. More now than before this started. While these silly little boys spend their days and nights on Facebook lying about her, she is out going door to door and staying on task. The only thing the Neylon team has accomplished is to make Walker and Kramer look bad, not Jeanne or Kleefisch. Losers.
J D January 30, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Hey "ImConservative", who needs to make Ms. Tarantino look bad when they have you helping out? Adam spends his days and nights running a small business. And why do you keep ripping him for being young? He's 28 years old. That's the same age US Rep Paul Ryan was elected to Congress, and that worked out pretty well. In fact, he's older than when Governor Scott Walker was first elected to the State Assembly. Besides, state government could use a fresh perspective. We need more young conservatives to get involved without bullies like you attacking them for their age. You need to take a few deep breaths, and get a grip.
ImConservative January 30, 2013 at 04:43 AM
One only needs to remember back to 2010 and see how the GOP treated Kleefisch when she was running for office (Tarantino was her manager). These two ladies are not going to put up with the men's shenanigans! Yeah, I suppose they are still unhappy that they didn't get their golden boy Bret Davis elected. Time for payback!
ImConservative January 30, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Why won't Adam come here and speak for himself? I have seen Tarantino everywhere, but not him. And are you by chance accusing me of age discrimination?
J D January 30, 2013 at 05:58 AM
No, I'm accusing you of attempting to smear Adam Neylon, who is honest, hardworking, and a very solid conservative candidate trying his best to represent the people of the 98th Assembly District, because he truly cares about his community. I'm not sure what you mean by "I see Jeanne everywhere but not him." I was at the county party branch club meeting last Thursday and Adam was the only candidate to attend. I was also at the RPW's regional Grand Opening ceremony this Saturday and saw Adam, but not Jeanne. And why doesn't he come here and speak for himself? Well, I assume for the same reason Ms. Tarantino doesn't come on here and speak for herself: they're running for office and have better things to do with their time than troll message boards... like us ;)
Steve Edlund January 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM
@JD - You said, " I was at the county party branch club meeting last Thursday and Adam was the only candidate to attend." Was that on Thursday the 24th? Hopefully not in the evening. I invited all the 98th Assembly candidates to the Thermal Energy Lab Inauguration at Saratoga STEM. Only 2 candidates had enough interest in public education and to RSVP and both said they would attend, Adam and Jeanne. Adam sent regrets hours before the event. Filling the skills gap should be the #1 issue with the candidates. STEM is a very important tool toward accomplishing that goal. With roughly 50% of the state budget devoted to public education I expected every candidate to attend. Only Jeanne did. Here's a partial list of the attendees who get it. Tony Evers, State Superintendent DPI Mike Thompson, Deputy State Superintendent DPI Senator Leah Vukmir Senator Paul Farrow Representative Bill Kramer Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas Mayor Jeff Scrima 98th Assembly Candidate Jeanne Tarantino The Waukesha Board of Education (represented by the 98th) The STEM Governance Board School District Administration School District Staff Students of STEM and the WSD Community members and parents Presidents and CEO's of area manufacturing companies Wisconsin manufacturers of products used in the lab who set up display booths
Steve Edlund January 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I'm second in line with questions for you, Keith. You skipped over Chris B.
Keith Best January 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM
@Chris B, No I don't know the source of the leak. The first I heard about this was from the Bice column. That's when I became concerned that someone lied under oath, more than once, accusing my Governor whom I worked so hard for,and the Lt. Gov of discrimination. She wanted to be my representative. I decided to speak out for myself and my neighbors. It's true I support Adam Neylon, that's no secret. But at this point, I would be happy to have anyone besides Tarantino.
Chris B January 30, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Keith saying someone lied under oath is a strong accusation. I don't think its appropriate for the Communications person for the Republican party of Waukesha County to make such statements. Have you read this transcript? The real issue is why someone would release this info? This is nothing short of negative politiciking possibly even Republican on Republican. That negative politicking will do nothing but give the Republican Party a bad name. The focus should be on the issues,
Luke January 30, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Look no further than the ex.
Keith Best January 30, 2013 at 01:47 PM
@Chris B, I have a simple question for you. Do you condone lying.........under oath.......more than once???? It's a "yes" or "no" answer.
Adam January 30, 2013 at 03:19 PM
@JD ...Jeanne wasn't at the RPW Open House because she was out doing doors with a large group of supporters. I consider doing doors and meeting the voters of the 98th District much more important than an Open House.
Adam January 30, 2013 at 03:30 PM
@JD - If I am correct, the "county party branch club meeting" on Thursday was for the North Central & Western area, which doesn't include her district. Though, the meeting for the South Central Branch Meeting is her district. And at that meeting, the only two candidates to attend were Jeanne and Adam.
N Schmidt January 30, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Seriously? She could attend 50 RPW Open houses. Still unfit for office. Glad there are alternatives.
ImConservative January 30, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Agreed. It seems like a waste of precious campaign time to go politicking with politicians who can't even vote for you. Who is on Adam's campaign team? I know who backs Jeanne and it is a pretty impressive list. As far as this Patch story and sensationalistic headlines, I find them to be incorrect. Once again, she did not make any formal accusation or public accusation. She was being interrogated on the subject and she said she FELT LIKE it was because they wanted a younger white male in the position. Does anyone know Casey Himebauch, her replacement? Enter younger white male, former staffer to Walker and general GOP do-gooder. He gets around. I am not saying this is bad by any means, I am just saying that this crap of everyone saying she is a liar and saying that she claimed discrimination is INCORRECT. As far as Belling goes, he is a joke and his motives are very clear now. He is an Adam supporter. Too bad he didn't say so last week when he first regurgitated Bice's story, it would have saved me hours of listening to his Barbara Walters-esque voice.
Keith Best January 30, 2013 at 07:03 PM
OMG!!! Doesn't know jack about the issues??? How can you make a claim like that? Adam Nelyon worked in an assembly office where he was part of a team that actually wrote legislation.....you know, actual assembly experience. But keep writing as I appreciate your jocularity
Kristine S January 31, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I personally know Jeanne Tarantino and her children are friends with my children. Jeanne and I have spent many years volunteering at our kids' school together. She is not the person being portrayed in the media. She is an incredible Mother, a loyal friend, a hard worker, and she will fight for our interests in Madison. You can trust Jeanne - she will do the right thing every time.
Steve Edlund January 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM
@ Keith Best- Do you condone the use of a divorce transcript and dragging a Republican candidate through the mud in front of her school aged children by other Republicans? It's a Yes or No. FYI, according to the GAB website no Democrat submitted the required signatures to appear on the ballot.
Keith Best January 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM
@Steve Endlund-I'll answer your yes or no question after I get mine answered. I would'nt want to skip over anybody according to your "Patch Protocol".
ImConservative January 31, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Keith, that is like saying a busboy is qualified to be a chef, just because he worked at a restaurant. I am glad you appreciate it now stop twisting the story to fit your motives. Did you personally read the documents? Oh, I guess since you weren't the leak, you must not have. Knowing that, then you don't know anything other than what your buddy Belling has been saying. That is one sick puppy! Please point specifically to where Tarantino accused KLEEFISCH of firing her. She didn't. Yes, know know what I am implying. Funny how Kleefisch STILL endorses her. That must really peeve you to no end.
ImConservative January 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Adam is honest? With friends like all of you? Birds of a feather flock together. And people have been taking notice. Bad strategy.
Steve Edlund January 31, 2013 at 11:21 PM
@Keith Best wrote, "What's your point? " I've made my point Keith. And so did Chris B. In case you missed it, President Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave over the laughter of Democrats reading and listening to the Eleventh Commandment being trashed in the lowest possible way. No need to answer my question as to whether you posted on No Quarter. Thanks, Keith.
ImConservative February 01, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Belling sinks to a new low. The obviously obsessed perv mocks Kleefisch and Tarantino, then calls Kleefisch a b!tch on the air and calls Tarantino an old hag. Way to keep it classy WISN.
sloowhand February 15, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Confused - if ImConservative has serious disagreements with Bellings's opinions and finds his voice to be 'Barbara Walters-esque', wouldn't he be better off spending the time spent listening here instead to defend Ms. Tarantino? If you don't like the radio or the TV, they both have tuners to change and off switches. Otherwise, your complaining - sorry, voicing your opinion, about Belling makes you just like him on the other side of the coin. Are you interested in more heat or light?


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