Monday, April 11, 2011

Is Scott Walker About To Have A Very Bad Monday?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that there will be a joint press conference between the Government Accountability Board and the Milwaukee County district attorney's office.

A lot of people have speculated that this might have to do with the Brookfield Blunder in last week's elections. This, however, makes no sense whatsoever, since the Milwaukee County DA's office would have nothing to do with it, unless brought in as a special prosecutor. But such an event would have made big news and it is really too early for something like that to happen, even if there was a reason to, which has not yet been ascertained to be the case.

It is far more likely that the announcement will have to do with the ongoing John Doe investigation into possible illegal campaigning and Scott Walker's gubernatorial campaign.

To refresh the reader's memory, there was quite the scandal last May, when Darlene Wink, who was one of Walker's aides as well as an officer in the Milwaukee County Republicans, was caught leaving comments on JSOnline during work hours.  She immediately resigned and has since lawyered up pretty heavily, from what I've been told.

Three months later, another Walker staffer, Tim Russell, had his office literally raided and rifled through by Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputies. They took his computer, his cell phone and who knows what else.  Presumably this stemmed from a complaint by WISDEMS that Russell was helping Walker campaign on county time.  Russell has a long history of helping Walker on his campaigns, but had previously taken time off to do so, to the best of my knowledge.

By the end of the year, these events led to a formal John Doe investigation being conducted, presumably about these two people and their alleged activities.  I haven't heard much about Wink, but I have heard from a number of reliable sources that Russell could be in real big trouble.

Just a few weeks after the John Doe was revealed, it was learned that a lot of high profile attorneys were being retained by various players and possible players. The lawyers include Steven Biskupic, Frank Gimbel and Paul Bucher.  The possible defendants which I've heard of include Wink, Russell, Walker's campaign itself and Tom Nardelli.

It would be interesting if Nardelli is indeed part of this, since Walker had taken him along to Madison with him.

Another aspect of the probe includes the illegal campaign donations from William E. Gardner, president and CEO of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.

I've also heard rumor that the probe might have included Walker compliance, or lack thereof, with open records requests.

The timing of this press conference is interesting as well, coming so shortly after the election. It is entirely feasible that it was decided to hold off making any statements in order not to influence any of the elections being held.

I would also point out that the timing of this announcement also reinforces my suspicion that I may again become the target of a vicious smear campaign.

 Let's face it. If my suspicions are anywhere near accurate, even if it doesn't touch Walker directly, it will still be very damaging for him. Many people will wonder what Walker knew and when did he know about any of the investigated activities.

It would be very typical of Walker and his supporters to decide to take some sort of action in an effort to distract people, as they had already done last June by attacking me, right after the Wink news broke.  I certainly hope nothing like this happens again, but in case it does, whether it's an assault on me or someone else, it should be taken with a grand of salt and healthy dash of skepticism.

But no matter what, this is already shaping up to be another very interesting week.


  1. Looks like your sources, like you, don't know shit.

  2. Excellent work capper, thanks.

  3. so you probably have heard by now that the Journal Sentinel is reporting that Gardner is being charged with 2 felonies.

  4. Walker may actually go down this time for all the evil he is doing in Wisconsin. Glad to see you are up on your game with today's events.

  5. Nice speculation but just the choo choo guy who dealt with Walker and the Dem's.
    I bet that just pisses you off that Walker, once again, gets away with it.

  6. Dan, Walker's not off the hook yet. This was just the first shoe. And if you think this one hasn't splashed him, well, you're just not paying attention.

  7. Anonymous 10:18 Sorry, my sources are still good. I was mistaken thinking it would all happen today.

  8. And given that Gardner's railroad has grabbed more than half of the state DOT's railroad grants since Walker has taken office, I think there might be a bit more to this one, as well.

    Can these guys go a day without doing something seamy or saying something stupid?

  9. And where's this big scoop?

    Or did you get betrayed again?


  10. Oh, it's coming, bigger and better than I had hoped.

    But, betrayed? When did I get betrayed?

  11. You were whining about being betrayed on Twitter. It sucks when those you trust stab you in the back, especially when those you trust turn everything you say over to the CRG.

    Mazel tov.

  12. Ah, that. I supposed it did look like I was referring to myself, didn't it. So sorry, troll, but I'm doing just fine.

    But I hear CRG has some things they need to contend with...