ICYMI: Scott Walker Hires Aide Implicated in Criminal Corruption Probe to Six-Figure State Job

Aug 11, 2013

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Scott Walker has hired longtime aide Cindy Archer to a cushy six-figure job with the state, even as emails released in connection to the John Doe criminal corruption probe show definitively that Archer openly contemplated illegal activity.

Scott Walker has long maintained that he had no knowledge of the illegal activity carried out on his behalf, stating repeatedly that he “expected everyone to follow the law and made that clear publicly and privately.” However, in emails on which Scott Walker was copied, Cindy Archer openly contemplated the obstruction of open records requests from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Walker’s rival in the GOP primary, Mark Neumann.

In a message to a group consisting of Scott Walker, top Walker aides in the county executive’s office, and Walker campaign strategists, Archer suggested that, “While I think we need to be responsive to O’Donnell park requests, we may be responding too quickly with our cost estimates for DPW and Neumann requests regarding SKW. If the group has some guidance on how much of a priority to make these requests, it would be greatly appreciated…”

Archer also suggested to the group that the administration and the campaign coordinate the release of what could potentially be unflattering information to Scott Walker regarding the Milwaukee Behavioral Health Division.

State and federal law enforcement officers previously conducted a raid at Archer’s home in connection with the criminal corruption probe, seizing items that included computer equipment.

This is Archer’s third high-paying, and controversial, job with the state. After serving as Walker’s second-in-command at the Department of Administration, Archer was appointed in August 2011 to a position at the Department of Children and Families, at a 65 percent pay increase over her predecessor. [1]

“Scott Walker ranks 40th out of 45 governors on job creation, but he’s number one at finding jobs for his political operatives —  even the ones who openly contemplated criminal activity on his behalf,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Monday. “This hiring reeks of corruption and is the clearest indicator yet that Walker has imported his criminal culture to the governor’s office.”

[1] Scott Walker’s ‘budget repair bill’ allowed several dozen civil service jobs to be filled by political appointment rather than by a competitive hiring process. Some in those positions – notably former top Walker aide Cindy Archer – have received hefty raises under the new system. Archer, for example, made nearly 65 percent more than the previous legislative liaison at the Department of Children and Families, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. [‘Archer profited when job shifted from civil service to appointment,’  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/17/11]