[Madison, WI] – In case you missed it, just a month after announcing her bid for U.S. Senate, Sarah Godlewski’s campaign is flailing as her credibility continues to crumble. Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that, after repeating for years that she saved taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars” during her time as a DC consultant, Godlewski cannot prove this extravagant claim that she has made a cornerstone in both her campaigns for State Treasurer and U.S. Senate.
This news comes after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel previously reported that Godlewski lied about completing a master’s degree. The more Wisconsinites learn about Godlewski, the more her credibility evaporates, and the clearer it becomes that she is all show and no substance. What else is she willing to lie about to get ahead?
Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel below:
Bice: U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski says she saved taxpayers ‘tens of millions of dollars.’ She just can’t prove it.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 24, 2021
It’s a simple rule for politicians: If you’re going to assert something as fact, you should be able to back it up.
That’s doubly true when the assertion has been central to your campaign.
Well, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski apparently didn’t get the political rulebook.
Since she entered Wisconsin politics three years ago by winning her race for state treasurer, Godlewski and her campaign have repeatedly claimed that she sliced at least $20 million from the Pentagon’s budget when she worked for a defense contractor a decade ago.
But can she back it up? She was asked this by The Associated Press in 2018, and she was quoted in a news brief as saying she could not comment because her work was top secret.
Just to be clear, Godlewski never worked for the Defense Department, though she often seems to suggest she did, but was a $72,000-per-year “lead associate” for Booz Allen Hamilton, a large defense contractor based in Arlington, Virginia., from 2004 to 2012, according to her resume.
So the Journal Sentinel gave Godlewski a month to find data or documents that would verify her oft-stated claim about saving those shipyards full of taxpayer dollars.
The campaign said it believes there are government records that would confirm Godlewski’s assertion about the tax savings. But some of those records may be classified or restricted; otherwise, the documents could potentially be accessed through the Defense Department, her campaign said.
Got that? To simplify: There may be records out there that prove her claim, but Godlewski and the staff don’t have them or can’t share them.
Over the years, several online publications and websites, including her wedding announcement and her Wikipedia page, have said Godlewski has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania, though she never completed the program. Godlewski has said she has never claimed she had that Ivy League degree and doesn’t know why those websites say otherwise.
Even while Godlewski and her campaign say they stand by her Defense Department claim, it’s noteworthy that the talking point is not front and center in her U.S. Senate campaign.
Earlier this year, her LinkedIn profile said she led the effort to improve collaboration among multiple national security organizations during her time at Booz Allen, generating cost savings of $10.8 million. The claim disappeared sometime in January.
It’s just that, right now, there’s no way to know if she actually saved all that money that she has repeatedly said she did.
For that, you’ll just have to trust Godlewski and her former co-workers. Because that’s all she’s got.