Maybe Governor Scott Walker is in more trouble than I thought

Go read this. My comments are there. I’m still thinking this through, but it doesn’t look good at all.


  1. At best, it’s sloppiness. However, the fact than an e-mail was sent from one address to another doesn’t necessarily mean that “county information” was sent to the campaign or vice versa.

    Again, I’m from Illinois, so it takes a lot to shock me, but I doubt this is the “smoking gun.” Whether it spells trouble from the feds or from the electorate in connection with other factors remains to be seen.

  2. I say “true,” to your comments, KPOM. We do take that kind of stuff very seriously up here. What bothers me from what I could glean from the headers is that county resources – a county computer, a county internet connection, a blackberry paid by taxpayers, etc. – might have been involved.

    It’s very messy, and frankly, it is a smoking gun if I understand the charges against the others, for what’s good for the goose is supposed to be good for the gander.

  3. I think the better question is, “After spending nearly $100,000 on attorneys already, why has Walker hired a high-powered real-estate lawyer to help him help Chisholm do his job?”

  4. Do you think it is possible that there may be a GOP challenge in the recall? What’s the procedure if both the governor and lieutenant governor resign?

  5. Actually I mentioned that to someone earlier today. If the shit is going to hit the fan, better it be now when Republicans can put forward another candidate than after the primary.

  6. It’s also makes things interesting on the Democratic side. I’m sure WisDems would rather that someone electable (Barrett, Kohl, Feingold) run and get their nomination. On the other hand, the unions might be hoping that Walker’s legal issues might open the door for Falk or Obey, and may be less interested in deferring to WisDems than they are now (if that’s even possible).

    As for the actual allegations, my view is that where there is smoke, there is fire. The only question is whether anything was technically illegal and can be proven. If not, then my instincts would normally tell me the election will still be a referendum on the union reforms rather than the individual candidates. However, if it looks likely that there will be criminal charges then any palatable Democrat would have the edge.

  7. I’m not worried. The word John Doe has been in the news for a month now. The average person doesn’t know what the hell is going on or cares because its an issue both parties face. Nothing has happened as far as large poll movement.

  8. I see two possibilities here.

    One, the best defense here would’ve been a good offense. Multi-year John Doe probe and they (Walker team) know these exist. So, if they are damaging you sit on the sidelines ‘hoping’ the DA doesn’t find them? Doesn’t make sense. Maybe they really are nothing.

    Two, these are a huge problem and Cindy you were right all along, Walker has surrounded himself with a lightweight, questionable, ‘you name it’ team of mindless drones.

  9. FactOrOpinion? says:

    Door #2

    Water does seek its own level.

  10. anonymous says:

    “It would surprise me greatly if there were anything other than that strings-connecting-photos-in-the-garage association between Walker and the mess.” – Douchebag, from a few days ago

    You don’t sound at all surprised to me.

    *Edited to reflect the poster’s proper IP.
    Douchebag? Really? I suppose you have a surprising self-image of sophisticated, too.

  11. Randy in Richmond says:

    Watching the game in Lux…, are we.

  12. I was watching the game in NYC, and was moderately rooting for the Giants (partly because they beat the Pack 🙂 ) but am mostly a Bears fan. Anyway, Anonymous’ IP address is for Louisiana, so maybe he or she is a Saints fan.

  13. I suspect he/she is using an anonymizer (I think I butchered the spelling on that one) of some kind. I do find it amusing he/she can’t make a cogent statement sans expletive or insult. Classless, but I feel certain he/she has heard it before.

  14. Randy in Richmond says:

    Yawl are being nice. Only a guy would use the words Anon’s used here and otherwise–especially this time. But classless–right on target.

  15. We are being politically correct, Randy. Online, it’s OK to mistake a man for a woman, but not the other way around. 🙂

    On a side note, I know I must be on a Wisconsin message board when my anti-spam word is soda instead of pop. 🙂

  16. Well KPOM it could’ve been bubbler 🙂

    Randy you are right, only a dickwad would call a woman a douchebag.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  17. Bdad, you are my secret hero.

    (Not so much a secret anymore?)

    Ok. I’m still laughing. 🙂

  18. These no “political work” on government time laws are a pathetic joke. Hairs are being split into micro fractions here. Under this logic Walker reading a government report is illegal because the information stored in his brain is giving something of value from the government to his campaign.

    And of course Dems blatantly ignore these silly laws with almost never any consequence. Might as well just rename them to the “nit-picky BS to indirectly make it illegal to be a Republican” laws.

  19. Maybe not. I feel strongly there is a bright line. That’s what Wisconsin has heard from prosecutors and courts before now. Isn’t what’s good for the goose also good for the gander?

  20. Remember some wise words written 235.5 years ago:

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    In general, our state governments are pretty corrupt at a personal level, but they generally function.