Back in 2010, Jared Kellner, who was only 15, was killed by a 13-ton concrete panel that fell on him as he left a Wisconsin garage. A friend of Kellner's was injured. That was less than two months before the Wisconsin gubernatorial primary, so now-Governor Scott Walker was in full campaign mode.
Members of the Milwaukee County Board and others "suggested Walker and his administration’s policies resulted in deferred maintenance of the parking structure."
Scotty was "intimately involved in the discussions," per emails [which were part of that years-long John Doe probe], which include his aides "complaining about reporters they felt were biased against them in their coverage of the incident."
WisPolitics has a few more revelations about Walker's handling of the tragedy:
The discussions included Walker county exec staffers seeking guidance from the campaign on whether they should slow down their response time to open records requests.
[Former Walker aide Tim] Russell asked the email chain where Walker was following the incident, warning “Scott cannot be at a fundraiser or something like that. He’ll be eaten alive.”
In one email, an aide forwarded to Walker a request from the Daily Reporter to respond to Supv. John Weishan’s suggestion that a move in 2003 to move surplus money from the county’s 0.5 percent sales tax from the capital budget to the general operating budget contributed to the tragedy.
“I called him and beat down Weishan,” Walker wrote, adding “He is a back bencher who the board doesn’t even listen to.” [...]
Nardelli, in an email to Walker, Rindfleisch and Gilkes three days after the accident, criticized WTMJ-TV reporter Aaron Diamant for picking up on allegations made by former County Board Chairman Lee Holloway that maintenance at the garage had been deferred according to a report. “He is just as biased against you as (Journal Sentinel reporter Steve) Schultze…what a schmuck!”
In another email, Russell wrote Journal Sentinel reporter Jesse Garza had gotten a message to him that he was willing to help Walker get “good ink” if the county exec wanted to speak with the reporter.
And word is, Walker could be the Big Presidential Contender in 2016.