Scott Walker Scandal Explodes: Documents Show He Directed County Workers To Break The Law

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

In the heat of the 2010 governor’s race, Scott Walker urged both county employees and campaign aides to go to news websites and post comments promoting him and his record, newly unsealed documents show.

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Tapping out a message on his campaign Blackberry on the afternoon of May 4, 2010, Walker urged county aides, campaign staffers and other trusted volunteers to go to an online Journal Sentinel business story and respond to critics of his plan to privatize the airport in the comments section below the story.

“Someone should comment on the fact that the only way for the county to benefit from that success is to contract out operations,” Walker wrote in an email. “Having a well performing airport increases the value that the county could receive.”

A half-hour later, Brian Pierick — the boyfriend of Walker aide Timothy D. Russell — posted a comment on the story under the alias “WI_Calvin,” calling rising airport traffic “another example of Scott Walker’s outstanding leadership.”

“The only way the county can to (sic) benefit from that success is to contract out operations. Having a well performing airport increases the value that the county could receive,” Pierick wrote, adding only a single word to Walker’s phrasing. Pierick and Russell were both later convicted of other activities in the secret probe.

Scott Walker’s defense has always been that he had no connection to any of this, but it is impossible to make that argument when a message sent from his Blackberry ends up posted nearly word for word on a website just a half of an hour after he sent it.

On Fox News Sunday, Walker refused to answer questions, and got very defensive when asked about the emails. His main defense is that he wasn’t charged with a crime. However, not being charged with a crime isn’t the same thing as not committing a crime. Walker’s refusal to answer questions about the emails is only serving to heighten the scrutiny on the governor.

Walker is now the second Republican governor this year to be confronted with an abuse of power scandal. Chris Christie may not have broken the law in the Bridgegate scandal, but it’s clear that Scott Walker was engaging in illegal activity. A picture is emerging that shows Walker directing county employees to do illegal things that would help his gubernatorial campaign.

This scandal isn’t going away. Gov. Walker may think it is old news, but there is enough information in the emails to derail any dreams that he once had of winning the Republican nomination in 2016. Walker’s national ambitions are fading fast, but he may have even bigger problems.

There is enough evidence in these emails for a new investigation into Gov. Walker. If the state won’t investigate, the apparent level of corruption is so severe that this may require federal involvement. It appears that Scott Walker committed numerous crimes, but it may take a public outcry for justice to be done.

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33 Replies to “Scott Walker Scandal Explodes: Documents Show He Directed County Workers To Break The Law”

  1. If Blago can go to jail for 15 years for conspiracy, surely Walker can go for actually committing a crime. Time for the Feds to get involved. Stinking crooked Republi-cult!

  2. This couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshole. He’s played dirty tricks for years to get what he wants.

  3. This is one big crook deserving some time in jail. They have sent governors to jail for just thinking of committing a crime, this asshole actually has committed crimes. These republibaggers are the biggest crooks in our government, and they need to be weeded out. Just shows how ignorant their voters are that would send crooks and known crooks to run our government. Of course, we know their goal is to destroy our government and us too. VOTE THESE IDIOTS OUT.

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  4. Ever hear of what goes around, comes around?? Well, how about Karma is a bitch?? Watch out Scott Walker– Karma is coming your way and her name is bitch!!!

  5. It is time politicians were held to the same standards as the rest of us. If a passenger in the car I am driving is drinking alcohol from an open container wouldn’t I be charged too? HE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE IN A COURT OF LAW!

  6. Getting people you work with to post favorable comments on an article is a crime he should go to jail for?

    I think not. You really just think he should go to jail because he has different political opinions than you. You and I both know that putting comments on message boards is not a jailable offense.

  7. 2nd Republican Governor this year? I think you forgot about Bobby McDonnell, who just got indicted in Virginia for abusing his power and taking bribes.

  8. Am I missing something here?
    He is being accused of a crime for suggesting that someone respond to a news article?
    Thats absurd.

    If there are financial misappropriations, bribes, extortion’s, stealing of tax funds, etc… I get it.
    But responding in the comment section of a news article on a website? I fail to see how that is even remotely a crime.

  9. Only the second Republican Governor to have an abuse of power scandal? What do you call what is going on with Governor McCrory and Duke Energy in North Carolina?

  10. You would be surprised at what people are put in jail for, when all they’ve done is post something on the Internet.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/people-arrested-for-facebook-posts-2013-7?op=1

    Yes, it is completely wrong for these people to have been put in jail for something as innocent as what they posted. The problem with Scott Walker is that he told other people to speak for him, but disguise who they are, for him to help him win favor with voters. That would be campaign fraud.

  11. There seems to be a lot of confusion about this. The crime is not posting comments, or having others post comments. The crime is in using the state infrastructure to do it.

    You cannot run your campaign over the state email system. That would amount to having the taxpayers pay for your campaign.

    Unfortunately, this is not that uncommon, and though I can’t think of an example off-hand, I’m pretty sure there are some Democrats that have been convicted of this same behavior.

  12. He did it using the state email service, which amounts to having taxpayers pay for your campaign.

    A lot depends on how much of this sort of thing went on.

  13. It’s a crime to send communications that are a part of your campaign over the state’s email service. The taxpayers bear this expense and it is a big no-no.

    A big no-no that a surprising number of politicians, Republican and Democrat, decide to engage in.

  14. The illegality of the situation lies in the fact that they were on the clock working for the Walker campaign on the Taxpayers dime at a job that some of them (Kelly Reindfleisch in particular had been appointed to for that specific purpose.) She’s been thrown under the bus for it while Walker attempts to slither away.

  15. It seems to me the illegality has boiled down to using taxpayer email system for his campaign. Yet the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal artcle clearly states Governor Walker used his “campaign” blackberry to send the suggestive emails. That’s the device provided by his campaign to ensure he doesn’t accientally use taxpayer email system.

  16. Not to mention the 58 Benghazi-comparable incidents that took place under President Cheney without one word of outcry from those who are SO offended by the loss of American life all of a sudden.

  17. Ben,

    The CRIME is conducting a political campaign WHILE
    being paid by the TAXPAYERS.

    When you are PAID to do Something and you decide to
    do Something ELSE, that is called FRAUD.

    They Used computers that were OWNED by the State.

    Using something that DOES NOT belong to You is
    called THEFT.

    You Got It NOW ?

  18. He may have sent the request from his “campaign” blackberry, but there were people acting on that request who were “on the clock” county workers. They were working for the taxpayers, not the Walker campaign – as an employee of a county, it was always made pretty clear to me that campaigning on the clock was never allowed under any circumstances.

  19. Walker and the Republican Party have repealed WI discrimination Law that stood for decades preventing convicted felons being rejected employment without substantial relationship of the crime they commited,and the job function they are applying for – Now allowing all ex-offenders be rejected any,and all employment by State Law. Walker also attacked Unions in this State and Repealed Laws supporting Unions and worker Rights.Walker,and the Republican Party foster poverty,and feed the jails,and prisons with reoffenders forced to return to crime to support them selves and family.Good government prevents crime-not foster it!

  20. Walker will beat this AGAIN. There’s no THERE there. Just a bunch of crybaby libs that are upset that no matter how much money they bring in from outside the state, they JUST CAN’T BEAT HIM. LOL.

  21. Ken, We must show all of America how the Republican voters have been brainwashed! They’ve whipped one-half of our wonderful nation into an absolute frenzy of fear!
    And no one is disproving these Lies!

    They removed ALL Liberal AM Radio as of Jan 1, 2014. Now we only hear: HATE OBAMA…day in day out…coast to coast!

    They are causing ‘Great Disharmony’ in America, the lies most Pub voters are filled with need correction.
    They have been programmed with PURE HATRED!!!
    And it’s weakening our whole country!

    The Brainwashing of My Dad:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh3TeTxgNVo

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