MADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following the appointment of Steve Fitzgerald to head the Wisconsin State Patrol.

"Scott Walker has a history of rewarding political cronies. At least in this case, he picked someone, the father of the two most powerful lawmakers in the state, who has some credentials. But Scott Walker's prior history means he owes the people of the State of Wisconsin extra transparency in his decisions, where he is moving in exactly the opposite direction. In the appointment of the father of his political friends to a six-figure job, we question whether best practices were followed."