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DA closes John Doe probe; no charges against WI Gov. Scott Walker, others

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This happened back in November 2012: Fourth former Scott Walker aide convicted in WI John Doe probe:

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.

How do sleazeballs like Scott Walker always manage to slither out of these predicaments with nary a scratch or without charges being filed? I'm talkin' to you John Ensign, Mark Sanford, David Vitter, etc. ad nauseam.

Via WisPolitics:

Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm announced this morning he is closing a John Doe investigation without filing additional charges, ending the threat Gov. Scott Walker could be caught up in the long running probe. [...]

State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate responded that Walker's biggest accomplishment in his first two years in office was not related to the economy or education, but avoiding prosecution despite the conviction of two close aides.

Tate also requested that Scotty "release any and all information that was provided in John Doe, so the public can have full understanding." After all, Tate reminded us, Walker did promise transparency, so this would be a swell time to demonstrate a little of that.

Yeah, like that'll happen.

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Former WI Gov. Scott Walker aide sentenced to two years in prison

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judged by the company you keep

Tim Russell is a former Walker campaign worker and his former deputy chief of staff. Governor Scotty sure knows how to pick 'em. Then again, he's one of 'em.

Via WisPolitics:

Characterizing Tim Russell's crimes as misconduct in public office, Milwaukee Co. Judge David Hansher sentenced the former Scott Walker aide to two years in prison followed by five years extended supervision, more than prosecutors had requested.

He had pleaded guilty 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." He did that as part of a plea deal in the endless John Doe case.

Kelly Rindfleisch, another former Walker aide, 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.

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Walkergate: "The path always leads to one person - Scott Walker"

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Cognitive Dissidence knows a thing or two about the sordid tale of Scott Walker and his merry gang o' felons. And by sordid I mean a fourth former Scott Walker aide was convicted in the Wisconsin John Doe probe. And who can forget Kelly Rindfleisch, 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?

After all of the voter suppression and union busting efforts by Walker and Co., it's time for the Big Boss himself to be "rewarded" for his deeds. We may have to wait until lucky 2013, but there could be a light at the end of this very long legal tunnel, and who knows? RNC chair Reince Priebus may come along for the ride:

And the other question which has been asked more and more often lately is whether this will also ensnare Reince Priebus, who was the chair of WISGOP during the time the scandal was occurring.

To be frankly honest. I have no idea. We do know that he was exchanging emails with Walker's county staff during the campaign. We also know that there were some events, such as Senator Scott Fitzgerald sharing his donor list with Walker, which would have been very difficult, if not impossible, without a high level of influence.

But no matter when it finally happens, or who else gets dragged down because of Walkergate, there is one thing that is undeniable, something that conservatives are starting to realize, which is making them exceptionally ornery.

That thing is that with Walkergate, there is always more. And no matter which arm of the investigation you follow, the path always leads to one person - Scott Walker.

Lots and lots of details at the link. Enjoy!

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Fourth former Scott Walker aide convicted in WI John Doe probe

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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

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Former Walker aide sentenced; WI Gov. Walker named as part of team that routinely commingled political, official business

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Kelly Rindfleisch is a former Scott Walker aide who was accused of working on campaign business on the job back in 2010; it was during her government stint as Walker’s deputy chief of staff when Scotty was Milwaukee County executive.

Via JSOnline:

Gov. Scott Walker and his top campaign and Milwaukee County aides were named Monday as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official county business.

The disclosures came during the sentencing of a former aide to Walker during his last year as Milwaukee County executive. Kelly M. Rindfleisch, 44, was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher to six months in jail and three years of probation on a single felony count of misconduct in office. The judge stayed the sentence pending Rindfleisch's appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals or the state Supreme Court.

In a lengthy presentation during Rindfleisch's sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf displayed numerous emails between Rindfleisch and key members of Walker's campaign staff in which they discussed how to manage county government in 2010, while Walker was a candidate for governor. [...]

In a new development, the prosecutor made clear - without saying it was illegal - that top Walker campaign officials influenced, even directed, county strategy.

It's not yet clear whether Scotty Walker is under investigation or could be charged, and the investigation is still open.

Lots of details at the link.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Walker subpoenaed in former staffer's trial

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Kelly Rindfleisch is a former Scott Walker aide who has been accused of working on campaign business on the job back in 2010... her government job as Walker's deputy chief of staff when Scotty was Milwaukee County executive.

The emails from her were on behalf of the then-lieutenant governor candidate's campaign, aka the now-Walker state Medicaid director. I wrote about it here.

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A subpoena for Governor Scott Walker's testimony in an upcoming criminal trial of one of his former aides has been submitted to a Milwaukee County court. [...]

Authorities also say Rindfleisch used a secret email system, with records of emails unknown to county custodians of such records.

Stay tuned...

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Projection 101: "Willful delusion has become the hallmark of Republican policies and rhetoric."

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The following is a tweet from the wonderful John Dean, who also provided the link to the article below via Lawsonry that ends with a bang. John Dean:

"GOP appears to fear election fraud because they do it."

I wrote about the back story here: Staffers for former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) will face criminal charges for filing fraudulent ballot petitions.

As we all know by now, Republicans are masters of that old Rovian tactic called projection. If you're not familiar with the term, it's taking your candidate’s (or anyone's) weaknesses and attributing them to the opposition.

By accusing voters of attempting fraud, making them jump through hoops in order to abide by new restrictive Voter I.D. laws, the GOP is projecting like crazy, considering former McCotter staffers have been charged with 36 counts of both misdemeanor and felony election fraud.

But despite both being illegal acts that can potentially affect elections, as I said in my previous post, it's important to remember that election fraud and voter fraud are two different things. Voter fraud involves individual voters who show up at the precincts on election day who might use fake names, register to vote more than once, that kind of thing. Voter fraud is virtually non-existent,  rarer than getting struck by lightning.

The McCotter mess was election fraud, which is rampant, and that’s when candidates or groups try to influence election outcomes by hacking into voting machines, engage in voter suppression (scroll), ballot box tampering, intimidation at the polls, deliberate miscounting, or as happened in this case, padding or otherwise altering petitions.

The point here is that it is all too common for hypocritical Republicans to condemn behavior while engaging in equally condemnable behavior:

In September of 2011, McCotter officially withdrew from the race and endorsed Mitt Romney.  [...]

And this is the truth about so many Republican policies: rules and regulations are put in place to scapegoat people who aren’t causing problems. In Florida, drug testing welfare recipients showed that less than 3% of those receiving welfare were using drugs illegally, while that discriminatory testing cost the state nearly $120,000. Mitt Romney has evoked the “47% of people [who] pay no income tax,” conveniently ignoring that collecting income tax from all of those households would bring in less than than the president’s Buffett Rule which would slightly raise taxes for the country’s wealthiest. Reagan’s racist welfare queen myth still looms large in the conservative narrative, despite the fact that the Bush-era bailout for corrupt and irresponsible banks cost far more than years of welfare programs. 

The cognitive dissonance bordering on willful delusion has become the hallmark of Republican policies and rhetoric. Expecting this heinous fraud to bring the GOP back to reality would be wishful thinking at this point, but at least one corrupt Congressman is now out of a job.

With any luck and a big turnout, many more will be out of a job as well.

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