Seeking to clarify his role in the John Doe criminal corruption probe, Scott Walker today confirmed to reporters that he was a participant in daily phone calls between his campaign and County staffs, which included Kelly Rindfleisch, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff who was sentenced to jail time in connection with the scandal.
Walker’s answers, however, raise more questions. According to The Associated Press Walker, “had no knowledge of county workers doing campaign work while on the clock for their county job. He says if he had known what Rindfleisch was doing, he would have taken action to stop it.”
The daily coordination, which Walker characterized as “routine,” took place at 8:00 a.m. – the start of the Milwaukee County work day.
Both the Milwaukee County Department of Human Resources as well as the criminal complaint filed against Rindfleisch indicate that Milwaukee County business hours begin at 8:00 a.m., Monday – Friday.
“It defies logic and reasonable belief for Scott Walker not to have known that Kelly Rindfleisch was doing campaign work on the taxpayer’s dime, when he by his own admission participated in the very same campaign activity,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Monday. “Nothing about Scott Walker’s conflicting statements on the John Doe criminal corruption probe adds up. These answers only raise more questions. Until Scott Walker fully and honestly discloses his role in the scandal by releasing the totality of the emails in question, Wisconsinites are left with two possibilities: Scott Walker actively promoted and encouraged a criminal culture dedicated to furthering his own political career at the expense of Milwaukee County taxpayers, OR Scott Walker is an extremely ineffective manager and leader lacking the judgment necessary to run either an elected office or a campaign, and is therefore unqualified to serve as Governor.”