At least that’s what one might think reviewing right-wing reaction to news revelations in the Guardian that Scott Walker may have secretly solicited $750,000 from Texas billionaire Harold Simmons. Simmons was the owner of numerous businesses including a lead pigment firm called NL Industries (formerly National Lead), which sold toxic paint and other products containing lead for decades.
The contributions, deposited into the coffers of dark money group Wisconsin Club for Growth, were followed by a sneaky (and unconstitutional) change to the law that attempted to retroactively nullify lawsuits brought by 173 poisoned children against NL Industries and other lead pigment manufacturers.
But you wouldn’t hear any of this listening to Walker’s defenders. “Who gives a damn about lead?” shouts right-wing talk radio host Vicky McKenna into the mic shortly after the story broke. “The lead case is over. Lead paint has not been manufactured since 1978.”
McKenna fails to note that even today, thousands of kids a year are poisoned by lead paint in Wisconsin.
And the problem disproportionately impacts poor and vulnerable kids living in run-down housing.