BREAKING: Scott Walker Says Aide Indicted For Running County Office as His Political Shop Was Doing “What She Was Expected To Do”

May 21, 2012

In a rare moment of candor, Scott Walker yesterday admitted to reporters in Madison that his indicted former fundraiser and Deputy Chief of Staff, Kelly Rindfleisch, “did the things she was expected to do.”

Previously revealed court documents show that Rindfleisch stated she was hired to Scott Walker’s administration for the purpose of doing policy work for Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, and that she took her assignments from another indicted Walker aide, Tim Russell.

While on taxpayer time, Rindfleisch sent or received more than 1,300 fundraising emails, including hundreds with Walker spokesman, Cullen Werwie, who has prosecutorial immunity for his testimony against Rindfleisch, and Brett Davis, Walker’s preferred Lt. Gov. candidate who currently serves as the state’s Medicaid director.

In addition to her extensive illegal fundraising, Rindfleisch exchanged more than 1,000 emails with Scott Walker’s campaign managers on taxpayer time.

Milwaukee County personnel records obtained by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin through an open records request show that Scott Walker alone signed off on Rindfleisch’s hire and subsequent promotion to a more lucrative and responsible position in the Walker administration.

“Kelly Rindfleisch said she was hired to campaign illegally for Scott Walker on taxpayer time,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. “With his admission that Rindfleisch was hired to do ‘what she was expected to do,’ has Scott Walker now implicated himself in the criminal conspiracy that was central to his rise to political power?”

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