Left ready to take down Scott Walker over an old investigation that’s already been closed in which he’s facing no charges

posted at 6:41 pm on February 20, 2014 by Allahpundit

With Christie pretty well neutralized, it’s time to turn to the GOP’s other successful blue-state governor and try to cripple him before 2016 too. Might as well have it on your radar now as you’ll be hearing about it sporadically, even though nothing will come of it. The scandal this time is the fact that, back when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and running for governor, some of his county staff communicated with his campaign staff during county office hours, while on the taxpayer’s dime. It got to the point where a separate wireless router was installed in the county office so that they could converse without any trail being left on the state’s computer servers. Six people were convicted before the investigation was closed. Walker wasn’t one of them, and in fact was never charged. All of which is old news — so much so that his Democratic opponent ran an attack ad against him about all of this back during the doomed recall effort of 2012.

But it’s back again this week because 27,000 e-mails of one of the aides who was convicted have now been released and, well, there’s got to be a smoking gun proving that Walker condoned the secret wireless network in there somewhere — even though prosecutors went through the e-mails themselves, of course, and declined to charge him with anything. At the very least, if they can prove bad behavior by Walker himself, lefties are going to accuse him of running the same sort of poorly managed rogue operation as his pal Christie did in Bridgegate. Why they think this will hurt him when it didn’t stop him from beating the recall effort, I don’t know, but maybe they think there’s a certain osmosis effect at work. Christie and Walker are often compared to each other vis-a-vis 2016; if the national public is convinced Christie’s crooked, maybe they can build that into an “all these guys are crooked” perception.

Some used private email accounts to communicate even, apparently, with Mr. Walker, according to an email from the county’s administrative director, who at one point advised a colleague to do the same, adding imprecisely, “Consider youself now in the ‘inner circle.’ ” And plans for a daily conference call, the newly released emails show, included members from both his campaign for governor and his county executive staff…

Questions remain over how much Mr. Walker knew about activities of his staff. In the email from the county’s administrative director, Cynthia Archer, suggesting that a colleague use a personal email account and join the “inner circle,” she wrote: “I use this private account quite a bit to communicate with SKW and Nardelli,” apparently referring to Mr. Walker and Mr. Nardelli.

But there were also signs among the documents that Mr. Walker had called for a stop to some of the activities. At one point in May 2010, Ms. Wink resigned after allegations that she had posted pro-Walker comments on The Journal Sentinel website while at her county job. Mr. Walker sent an email to another aide, writing of Ms. Wink: “I talked to her at home last night. Feel bad. She feels worse. We cannot afford another story like this one. No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the workday, et cetera.”

Is that what a guy writes when he’s condoning private business being conducted on county time or is that what he writes when he wants to limit it? See now why that attack ad in 2012 didn’t work?

Right Wisconsin has a list of reasons why this is a big fat zero. There’s actually a second investigation, this time into Walker’s recall campaign staff, that’s under way, possibly related to coordinating with outside conservative groups. (“John Doe investigations” in Wisconsin are kept secret until the findings are released.) That one’s probably going nowhere too, though: A judge quashed several subpoenas served on conservative orgs last month because they failed to allege any violations of campaign finance law. Walker’s going to win again, just as he always seems to do against the left.

As for the Christie parallel, lefties have two problems here that they don’t have with Bridgegate. One: Bridgegate is still under investigation. There’s a persistent element of suspense that Bridget Kelly or David Wildstein will turn on Christie and produce the smoking gun that places him at the center of it. There’s no risk of that with Walker. This is old news, which is why it didn’t hurt him in the recall. Two: Bridgegate resonates not because Christie’s staff went rogue on him right under his nose but because the petty retaliation involved lends a dark element to Christie’s “tough guy” routine. He presents himself as the no-nonsense leader who’ll get in the faces of the public’s enemies, but closing the bridge lanes hurt the public and made the no-nonsense shtick seem more like bullying. There’s no similar wound to Walker’s persona from this e-mail business. His staff crossed the line between campaign and official business, but that line is hazy for most politicos even when they manage to remain on the right side of the law. I’m trying to imagine the Democratic machine running a campaign accusing him of corruption on these grounds in 2016 when his opponent, in all likelihood, would be the Clintons. Suggested slogan: “America can’t afford scandals in the White House. Hillary 2016!”


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They’ll blame him for the Tennessee union fiasco too.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

4 dead in Benghazi.

What difference does it make?

BobMbx on February 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

If you examine pictures closely you can see Scott Walker on the grassy knoll.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I think its a good idea. Nice hole to throw money down. Enjoy!

Bmore on February 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Seems like I’ve been reading that Wisconsin is doing just fine (We’ll have to ask Bishop)…budget surplus, unemployment rate…all good thanks to Walker.

Liberal Logic…LET’S GET HIM!!!

BigWyo on February 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Obviously…Scott Walker caused Global Warming when he was still a child…He must be stopped!

workingclass artist on February 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Any slight appearance of impropriety or something that could be twisted into an appearance of impropriety, the Democrats latch on and never let go. Genuine scandal? E.g., running guns to Mexico where many Americans and Mexicans end up dead, or epic security failures where American ambassadors end up dead, or illegally spying on all Americans and disfavored journalists, or targeting political enemies with the IRS? Meh. The GOP walks away.

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Best thing about a Walker 2016 victory would be watching Ed Schultz being carried of the set in a straight jacket.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Left MSM ready to take down Scott Walker over an old investigation that’s already been closed in which he’s facing no charges

…fixed!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Best thing about a Walker 2016 victory would be watching Ed Schultz being carried of the set in a straight jacket on a stretcher with some one performing CPR on him.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

BigWyo on February 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Interesting juxtaposition here. Christie endorsing Obama ahead of the election- we’ll that was just nonpartisan leadership. Walker doing a hell of a job in WI, we’ll this is just silly. Where is Walker’s credit for doing a hell of a job WITHOUT dry humping Obama’s leg?

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Smell that? The stink of desperation. Nasty…

Kraken on February 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

ONE BY ONE, they want to use their tactics to PALINIZE each candidate so the low information voters all think each R is a bad person…unlike Hillary who leaves our ambassador to die…..move along on that one folks….

SDarchitect on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Ambassador Christopher Stevens remains unavailable for comment …

ShainS on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Best thing about a Walker 2016 victory would be watching Ed Schultz being carried of the set “in a straight jacket”, “on a stretcher with some one performing CPR on him”.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

BigWyo on February 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Fixest!

hawkdriver on February 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

While the Democrats are attacking Republicans, John McCain is bestest buddies with Chuck Schumer while attacking conservative Republicans.

bw222 on February 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Hundreds dead under Fast & Furious, yet all I hear are crickets.

rbj on February 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Yep. But the media saw that the Palin treatment was effective, and they’re gonna run that playbook until we can effectively stop them.

Iblis on February 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Good to know that a politicians history is fair game if they’re considered a potential presidential nominee.

It is, right?

BKeyser on February 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The scandal this time is the fact that, back when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and running for governor, some of his county staff communicated with his campaign staff during county office hours, while on the taxpayer’s dime. It got to the point where a separate wireless router was installed in the county office so that they could converse without any trail being left on the state’s computer servers. Six people were convicted before the investigation was closed.

I do not subscribe to this view, but as Sarah Palin said in reference to another prominent Republican Governor embroiled in a smear-filled fake scandal: every competent executive knows what his staff is doing.

This scandal is about as valid as the one involving CC. What say you, you anti-Christie smear merchants?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Ha, when has that ever stopped them before?

DTTS on February 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

This scandal is about as valid as the one involving CC. What say you, you anti-Christie smear merchants?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

(1) Being anti-Christie doesn’t mean that you care about the bridge story. That’s MSNBC – you know – your political allies.

(2) This is less of a scandal as Christie’s scandal because it is old and has already been through the ringer. Walker has already survived an election in view of it.

(3) You’re actually right with regard to Palin’s criteria (assuming you’re quoting her accurately and in context – which, I admit, probably isn’t the smartest thing to do on my part). Don’t let it go to your head.

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

LA LA LA I can’t hear you…I’ve got a new squirrel
-lsm talking head

cmsinaz on February 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

This scandal is about as valid as the one involving CC. What say you, you anti-Christie smear merchants?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

These are the scandals that conservatives care about. But you wouldn’t know that living in your MSNBC echo chamber:

Any slight appearance of impropriety or something that could be twisted into an appearance of impropriety, the Democrats latch on and never let go. Genuine scandal? E.g., running guns to Mexico where many Americans and Mexicans end up dead, or epic security failures where American ambassadors end up dead, or illegally spying on all Americans and disfavored journalists, or targeting political enemies with the IRS? Meh. The GOP walks away.

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Obysmal must be getting worried. He is urging Dems to concentrate on state and governor races.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-dems-focus-state-governor-races-22608805

onlineanalyst on February 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

But remember, ALL of the scandals Hillary Clinton was involved in during her eight years as FLOTUS are completely off limits.

TarheelBen on February 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Scott Walker is for illegal alien amnesty

VIDEO – Scott Walker says “Sure!” to illegal alien amnesty. Skip to last seconds of video:
http://youtu.be/PJ6cXpFrk0c

Yes, just like Obama and McCain and Rubio, Walker claims he is against “amnesty” while advocating for special pathway to legalization.

Also, look at the end of the video posted here (Walker’s own words):
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/scott-walker-supports-path-to-citizenship-87960.html

The controversy is about mass illegal alien amnesty, which Walker supports. Walker’s support for an increase in H-1B visas, something that is widely supported, is not the issue here. Issues of specialized, legal foreign workers and border security should not be linked to illegal alien amnesty. I wish people would stop allowing the amnesty issue to be obscured and hidden through the use of positive-sounding, vague terms like “immigration reform.”

NO SPECIAL PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP OR ANY LEGALIZATION FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS, PERIOD. ENFORCE THE LAW.

I will never support a pro-amnesty politician. The issue is way too important.

bluegill on February 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

How soon before they allege he fathered another secret love child?

And, I’m sorry, but posting positive messages about your boss on websites from work sounds pretty trivial to me. How about we get spending and stuff under control before we worry about that kind of thing, huh?

changer1701 on February 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I don’t care much about official vs private email nonsense and separate WiFi routers that Walker staff used.

I care about Walker’s support for illegal alien amnesty.

bluegill on February 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

If the ‘pubs routinely used these tactics as practiced/perfected by the Dems, the Dems would be a permanent minority party.

vnvet on February 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I don’t care much about official vs private email nonsense and separate WiFi routers that Walker staff used.

I care about Walker’s support for illegal alien amnesty.

blueballs on February 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

…you are needed on the new thread!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Walker will be responsible for those bad drugs the lawyers are always touting on TV ads before 2016 rolls around.

docflash on February 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM

…you are needed on the new thread!
KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Which one? Say the word and I’m there.

bluegill on February 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Are the Republicans in Congress taking notes? This is what they’re up against. This isn’t their old buddies Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, this is the left and this is how they play ball. They play to win and will do anything, drag up old dead stories, open closed legal files, go after family, friends, neighbors, contributors, or anyone else who supports you. They will do what they believe it takes to win, period. If you don’t believe this look at the lies they told to pass Obamacare and get themselves through the 2012 election. Does anyone believe they didn’t know they were lying? Of course they knew, but they also know the National media isn’t going to make them pay for their lies so they just do it and hope they can get through the next election.

They’ll bring all of this up, true or not, to damage Walker. Just like they did with Romney, they’ll lie about him and their sycophant media will repeat the lies and repeat them often enough so they’re perceived as the truth. I hope Walker has the savvy to respond to this, respond quickly and with force, and not tolerate the slander the Democrats are famous for.

bflat879 on February 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaa! Talkingpointsmemo has this on their site and can’t stop flaming about it. They’re such leftist losers Makes no difference with them even when you give them proof of their hypocrisy. Dems, liars, libs, leftists, Marxists. All the same to me.

HiJack on February 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

This scandal is about as valid as the one involving CC. What say you, you anti-Christie smear merchants?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

These are the scandals that conservatives care about. But you wouldn’t know that living in your MSNBC echo chamber:

Any slight appearance of impropriety or something that could be twisted into an appearance of impropriety, the Democrats latch on and never let go. Genuine scandal? E.g., running guns to Mexico where many Americans and Mexicans end up dead, or epic security failures where American ambassadors end up dead, or illegally spying on all Americans and disfavored journalists, or targeting political enemies with the IRS? Meh. The GOP walks away.

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Echo chamber? There are people on MSNBC who suggest – as I have – that Bridgegate is a smear? Do tell.

There are people on MSNBC who refer to Obama as a gross incompetent – as I do? Echo chamber? You are not merely scurrilously inaccurate. You are nuts.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2014 at 8:40 PM

And yet they love Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt and vicious sack of flesh in modern political history whose depredations have left a slime trail of ruined lives, lost fortunes and even dead bodies, a trail still being laid as we speak. Aint the Left wonderful?

rrpjr on February 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Well, how did anyone expect them to campaign against him ?

Did we expect them to use his record, against him ?

listens2glenn on February 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Everyone saying “I will not support …..” because of their stand on amnesty, really!

You would vote for hill of beans over any GOP candidate. Are you nuts.

1791 on February 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Talk about grasping at straws! What a ridiculous “scandal”. If this is the best the Dems have, Scott Walker has little to worry about. Like Christie, Walker is a successful blue state governor who could be a strong GOP candidate

Dr.B on February 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM

at this rate the party will nominate a right winger because all the rinos will have been eliminated. only Jeb Bush is left unless gulp! Mitt come back.

gerrym51 on February 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Let’s see: in Liberal World these emails are Super Crazy Meaningful and something something blather, but the EPA and possibly other federal agencies under the leadership of Obama conversing about Official Government Business using secret email accounts, many with fake names, including the former EPA director, is a nothing burger.

William Teach on February 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Voted originally for Tom Barrett, nice guy know him personally. After Walker passed Act 10, we had Armageddon in Madison and throughout the state. It got so ugly, I voted for Walker in the recall and have been impressed with him ever since.

The Dems in Wisconsin have kept the Walker administration in the courts and are having another super duper quiet investigation into supposedly PACs coordinating with the Walker administration during the recall election, which wasted millions of dollars.

For heaven’s sake, the money being poured into Wisconsin by out of state PACs and Unions was unbelievable. The coordination with the Barrett campaign has, of course, never been questioned, developing I’m sure.

BelleStarre on February 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Yeah, but Walker sent media minders to monitor all the news organizations in Wisconsin!

Oh, that was Obama?

Never mind!

OxyCon on February 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM

“America can’t afford amateur scandals in the White House. Hillary 2016!”

That’s better.

Fred 2 on February 21, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Or perhaps “America can’t afford petty scandals in the White House. Hillary 2016!”

Fred 2 on February 21, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Ah, the hilarity.

Example 1:

Aides said the president had signed off on a plan to dispatch cabinet officials, senior advisers at the White House and top campaign staff members to deliver speeches on behalf of Mr. Obama at fund-raising events for Priorities USA Action, the leading Democratic “super PAC,” whose fund-raising has been dwarfed by Republican groups. The new policy was presented to the campaign’s National Finance Committee in a call Monday evening and announced in an e-mail to supporters.

And the headline for Example 2 says it all:

Obama officials defend personal emails and aliases

So yes, run with this, children. Run right into the wall of conservatives asking you to explain why Barack Obama ordered his aides to campaign on his behalf in coordination with outside groups and why Barack Obama’s staff over whom he presumably had control was violating Federal law on the use of personal emails and aliases.

northdallasthirty on February 21, 2014 at 2:05 AM

I pine for the days of Harold Stassen.

celtic warrior on February 21, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Like I and many posters stated…after Christie, than their will be another, and another and another.

Because you Christie haters propped up the media and supported and still support the Christie attack, now we have to suffer another.

When will the Republican’s learn…they won’t because most Republican’s are so easy to manipulate.

right2bright on February 21, 2014 at 7:59 AM

If officials were even-handed about investigating “politicking” using government computers, 90% of Wisconsin public school teachers would have been prosecuted and fired during the recall effort.

PackerBronco on February 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

What was it that the Algore said when he was caught red handed using his office to raise funds? Something like, “There is no governing authority” or some such. I try not to listen to anything Obama or the Algore say, as it always sets my teeth on edge, but I know he said something like the above.

TimothyJ on February 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I do not subscribe to this view, but as Sarah Palin said in reference to another prominent Republican Governor embroiled in a smear-filled fake scandal: every competent executive knows what his staff is doing.

While I can understand the sentiment that ideally an executive ought to know what his staff is doing, ultimately I’d have to disagree with Mrs. Palin insomuch as unless a person possesses psychic powers or works for President Obama’s NSA, there’s no real way to know what another person is doing every minute of the day 24/7. If a person wants to do something behind your back or under your nose, they’ll find a way to do it.

This scandal is about as valid as the one involving CC. What say you, you anti-Christie smear merchants?

Only if you’re looking for an alternative sleeping aid.

Masters at the top of the Collective know full well that that there’s nothing here. Soros funded efforts like JohnDoeWalker.com are meant to keep the drones at the bottom of the Collective frenzied and gnashing their teeth over non-issues until the next election.

jjrakman on February 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM