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Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Steve Vokers » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:42 pm

Not my words, but the words of the Scott Walker-endorsing Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Walker, key aides implicated during Doe sentencing

Gov. Scott Walker and his top campaign and Milwaukee County aides were implicated Monday in a scheme in which they routinely commingled political and official county business.

The disclosures came during the sentencing of a former aide to Walker during his last year as Milwaukee County executive.

Kelly M. Rindfleisch, 44, was sentenced by Judge David Hansher to six months in jail and three years probation for a single felony count of misconduct in office. But the judge stayed the sentence pending Rindfleisch's appeal to the state Appeals Court or the state Supreme Court.

In a lengthy presentation during Rindfleisch's sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf displayed numerous emails between Rindfleisch and key members of Walker's campaign staff in which they discussed how to handle county issues in 2010, while Walker was a candidate for governor.

Landgraf said "The Campaign Group" included Walker, his campaign manager Keith Gilkes, campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader, campaign adviser R.J. Johnson. It also included several top county aides to Walker: Cindy Archer, who was county administration director; county chief of staff Tom Nardelli; county housing director Timothy Russell; spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin; and Rindfleisch.

Rindfleisch served as Walker's policy adviser and later his deputy chief of staff at the county.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Beaver » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:07 pm

Let's hope it's true.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby snoqueen » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:02 am

http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot ... elony.html

Blogger James Rowen thinks the detailed presentation read into the court record by the Milwaukee DA punctures the Walker-for-President balloon.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Lily » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:52 am

"Gov. Scott Walker and his top campaign and Milwaukee County aides were named Monday as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official county business."

"...In a lengthy presentation during Rindfleisch's sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf displayed numerous emails between Rindfleisch and key members of Walker's campaign staff in which they discussed how to manage county government in 2010, while Walker was a candidate for governor.

"Repeatedly, Landgraf argued that Rindfleisch knowingly broke the law by doing campaign work at the courthouse. In a new development, the prosecutor made clear - without saying it was illegal - that top Walker campaign officials influenced, even directed, county strategy."

"Landgraf said "The Campaign Group" included Walker, Gilkes, campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader and campaign adviser R.J. Johnson. It also included several top county aides to Walker: Cindy Archer, who was county administration director; county chief of staff Tom Nardelli; spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin; housing director Timothy Russell; and Rindfleisch. Rindfleisch served as Walker's policy adviser and later his deputy chief of staff at the county."

"A criminal complaint against Rindfleisch said a private email system had been installed in her office that she used to make contacts about fundraisers for Davis, as well as Walker's campaign staff and other political contacts.

"The charges against Rindfleisch stem from a secret John Doe investigation that included seizure of computers she used at her home and her courthouse office, some 25 feet from Walker's. That happened on Nov. 1, 2010, a day before Walker's election as governor, according to prosecutors."

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/ ... 21891.html

Walker knew and controlled this and was arrogant enough to think he could get away with the power grab, or he was incredibly stupid not to know what was happening 25 feet from his office.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:19 am

snoqueen wrote:http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2012/11/named-during-john-doe-defendant-felony.html

Blogger James Rowen thinks the detailed presentation read into the court record by the Milwaukee DA punctures the Walker-for-President balloon.

John Nichols says the same thing: Home-state scandal interrupts Walker's presidential positioning

Channel3000's coverage: Prosecutor links Walker to intertwining of political, county work
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:42 am

I'm just a little doubtful that if the prosecutor had evidence that linked Walker to a crime (that could lead to charges) they would slip it out like this. Maybe there is enough evidence that people might consider a recal.... oh wait...

Also, given the alternative, I'd much rather Walker finish his term, then get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby rabble » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:50 am

Can't wait. The Walker administration has accelerated its plan to sell off as much of the state as they can before they get caught.

Anything that slows them down saves things that cannot be replaced.

The recall helped. The clear cutters and polluters are holding off till things quiet down. It was expensive but there wasn't any other way.

This is another delaying tactic. The only way to stop a juggernaut is to keep throwing wrenches in the gears.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby jjoyce » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:10 am

Francis Di Domizio wrote:get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.


Like who?
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:47 am

jjoyce wrote:
Francis Di Domizio wrote:get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.


Like who?



At the moment, I'm not sure to be honest. We really don't need to answer that question for another year though. I am definitely against any candidate who throws his name in the ring more than a year before the general election.

Two people who should definitely not consider a run though are Falk and Barrett.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Mad Howler » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:29 am

Francis Di Domizio wrote:
jjoyce wrote:
Francis Di Domizio wrote:get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.


Like who?



At the moment, I'm not sure to be honest. We really don't need to answer that question for another year though.


This is an unfortunate and important point. And I do not believe anything will get much better until either side of our current political duopoly puts forward a quality product line. Don't like the duopoly? Get ready for first past the post and other innovative election gaming we are preemptively sick of. No, fortunately for us (and unfortunately for our rest) it IS about us.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby gargantua » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:07 am

jjoyce wrote:
Francis Di Domizio wrote:get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.


Like who?


I would like it to be Russ Feingold, but he probably won't run. It's a lot easier and much more fun to list who shouldn't. I'll see the not-Barrett and not-Falk and raise you not-Hulsey.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby talagaster » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:51 am

jjoyce wrote:
Francis Di Domizio wrote:get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.


Like who?


I argue for Ron Kind. His 3rd District contains a huge swatch of counties that voted for both Obama and Walker. Western Wisconsin is reliably light blue and a statewide candidate from the area could boost turnout. He usually doesn't have to campaign too hard but he showed some fire when Kapanke challenged him in 2010. He'd have to give up his house seniority but that doesn't mean much when the GOP will likely hold the house until at least the 2016 elections.

I also believe he would do well with a cross section of WI voters. He's about as moderate a Democrat as you can get but he has integrity, he sticks to his core values. He's got lots of experience but stayed mostly clear of state politics so the media can't use the storyline that this race is just another referendum on Act 10.

The recent gerrymandering to keep Sean Duffy in office has made the 3rd District a safer Democratic district. I wouldn't mind giving a more progressive Democrat a shot at the office. Perhaps Vinehout?
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:40 pm

Milwaukee prosecutor uses calculated move to introduce Walker into sentencing hearing

If Walker is not charged, I wonder if he will go down in history (like Nixon over Watergate) as an unindicted co-conspirator.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby david cohen » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:50 pm

Why does any poker player tip his hand during the game? To influence others' actions. For all we know, the John Doe judge has approved a wiretap and the Milwaukee DA will monitor it all weekend to see how Walker and crew react to this latest turn events. And the Federal investigation into Walker has been awfully quiet as the county investigation has unfolded.
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Re: Walker "implicated" in John Doe investigation

Postby scratch » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:53 pm

jjoyce wrote:
Francis Di Domizio wrote:get a decent moderate who actually knows how to campaign, to take him down.

Like who?


Laurence "Moderate" Meade.

Let's all get behind Larry and push.
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