Barca apologizes for Department of Revenue employee's Scott Walker death joke

Barca apologizes for Department of Revenue employee's Scott Walker death joke

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MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca is apologizing for an employee training slide show that joked former Republican Gov. Scott Walker had died.

Barca sent an email to DOR workers on Oct. 18 apologizing for the slide and calling it an “unacceptable situation.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported that DOR employee Fred Bahr prepared a slide show for use at an annual retreat for DOR Compliance Bureau employees in October.

The slide show includes a section entitled “notable deaths” in 2019, including pictures of rocker Eddie Money and author Toni Morrison as well as one of Walker eating a burger while holding a beer.

Bahr wrote in an Oct. 23 email that he didn’t mean any offense. DOR spokeswoman Patty Mayers said that Bahr apparently found the slide funny but DOR officials did not.

Barca served in the Assembly from 2009 until he was nominated to the secretary position by Gov. Tony Evers in 2019 and the majority of that time he was minority leader.

Barca was ousted as minority leader in 2017 because he voted in favor of a $2.85 billion tax package that lured the Foxconn Technology Group to Wisconsin.

He also served in the Assembly from 1984 through 1992 and Barca served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-95.

Former Barca aide, Tip McGuire, a resident of Somers, now represents the 64th Assembly District.

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