Right wing web site claims Wisconsin carrier dumped GOP campaign mail

Update: A local newspaper, the Appleton Post Crescent has published a story on the incident:

The Post Office recovered nearly 880 pieces of political mailings from a dumpster at a Neenah apartment complex, said Bob Rukes, special agent for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

Agents don’t think this incident was politically motivated.

“So far the investigation has determine that it was just a bad decision involving a postal employee, but nothing that indicates that it was targeted to a specific candidate or political party,” Rukes said.

Original story:

A tea party oriented web site connected to the Koch brothers claims a Wisconsin letter carrier is under investigation for supposedly dumping Republican campaign literature. The report comes from Watchdog.org, a right wing web site:

MADISON, Wis. – Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night may keep postal carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But partisan politics, now that may be another matter altogether.

An investigation has been launched into a Neenah postal carrier who allegedly dumped into a recycling bin hundreds of political advertisement mailers from the campaign of Mike Rorhkaste, Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 55th Assembly District, Rorhkaste tells Wisconsin Reporter.

Neenah Postmaster Brian Smoot, who was alerted to the incident on Thursday, confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into the matter, and referred Wisconsin Reporter to the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service. OIG representatives there did not return several phone calls seeking comment Sunday.

“I am not allowed to comment because it is an active investigation,” Smoot said of accusations that the unidentified mail carrier mishandled the political literature.

Read more: Mail carrier investigated over allegations of dumping GOP political mailers « Watchdog.org.

  • Mike

    He put it in a recycling bin, not the garbage. I don’t see what he did wrong?

  • LloydStreetMarty

    if it was undeliverable then it becomes a no obvious value piece of mail and will be recycled. my old office use to collect NOV campaign mail and contact the mailer to decide if they want the trays of mail back or we would recycle. the every door directs always had bad route number counts and therefore excessive un addressed mail pieces.

  • Retired

    Where did it say that it was undeliverable mail? And what gives a carrier the authority to dump mail into an apartment complex recycle bin?

  • Barlowmaker

    You’re an idiot then. How was it his to dispose?

    Just another scummy Union thug.

  • retired

    This has CCA written all over it. You just can’t dump mail regardless. And post offices should not be calling mailers to see if they want to pick up the leftovers.

  • still working

    Is that because career employees don’t dominate the criminal postal news? HEH!

  • Still Working

    He said, “if it was undeliverable.” The article says it is under investigation and rightfully doesn’t say the carrier has been charged with a crime.

  • LloydStreetMarty

    where did it say it wasn’t?