Fourth former Scott Walker aide convicted in WI John Doe probe


About that company you keep, Gov. Walker... Things getting a little too close for comfort? Feeling a little sweaty yet? Still thinking of a presidential run in 2016?

MILWAUKEETim Russell, an aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a veterans’ fund in exchange for prosecutors’ pledge to drop two other counts against him.

Russell is a former Walker campaign worker and his former deputy chief of staff.

He is one of four former aides and associates of the governor who have been convicted of crimes while working for Walker in Milwaukee County or on his 2010 campaign for governor. Two others also have been charged as a result of the probe, which has been going on for more than two years.

The governor on Monday said he is “absolutely” confident he is not a target of the investigation.

Russell faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

And remember Kelly Rindfleisch? She's the former Walker aide who was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation on a felony count of misconduct in office. Walker was named as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official business, and Russell was allegedly responsible for the “unofficial networking system” out of Rindfleisch's office. She's out on appeal.

Run, Walker, run.

H/t: @EileenLeft, Special Thanks to Karin Riley Porter