A Wisconsin mail carrier who trashed hundreds of Republican campaign mailers into an apartment complex dumpster was deemed “lazy,” but not necessarily politically motivated.
The mail carrier’s activities were noticed by someone living at the complex, according to the Wisconsin Reporter, which reported:
The resident checked the bin after the postal carrier left and found hundreds of political mailers from the campaigns of [GOP state assembly candidate Mike] Rorhkaste, Glenn Grothman, a Republican state senator running for the open 6th Congressional District seat, as well as political messages from a special interest group in support of former state Rep. Roger Roth, a Republican who is running for Wisconsin 19th Senate District seat.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the motto of the U.S. Postal Service. Noticeably missing is political party affiliation. There’s no evidence that campaign literature from Democratic candidates was tossed–just the three Republicans.
Nonetheless, a special agent with the inspector general’s office in Chicago investigated and ruled that politics played no part, according to a later report.
“Based upon our investigation, this was nothing done toward a specific candidate or party,” agent Robert Rukes told the Wisconsin Reporter Monday. “It looks like it was a decision made by the carrier, and it was not a good decision,” to not deliver the campaign advertisements.
According to the Reporter:
The special agent said the Office of the Inspector General would present its findings to U.S. Postal Service administrators and to local or federal prosecutors to determine whether criminal charges will be filed. He said the agencies will make the final determination. Administratively, discipline could include removal from the Postal Service.
Nearly 900 individual pieces of mail were dumped, all addressed to residents of a Wisconsin swing district.
“In my mind, either reason is totally unacceptable, whether it was partisan-related or the guy is tired or lazy,” Rohrkaste told the Wisconsin Reporter. “I’ve worked jobs since I was 12 years old. If you are tired, well, too bad. You do your job. That’s just how I was raised.”