Skip to comments.Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes as ex-aide’s e-mails are released
Posted on 02/19/2014 7:23:46 AM PST by mandaladon
MILWAUKEE Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been eyeing a 2016 presidential run since his battles with labor unions made him a Republican star, is in the midst of dealing with the fallout of two criminal investigations at home that could complicate his move to the national stage.
One is ongoing, and while the other is now closed with no allegations of wrongdoing by Walker, it has the lingering potential to embarrass him. That could begin as early as Wednesday with the release of more than 25,000 pages of e-mails from an ex-staffer that were gathered as part of the now-concluded investigation. The probe focused on Walkers time as Milwaukee County executive before his 2010 election as governor and led to convictions of six former aides and allies.
Even if Walker escapes the e-mail release unscathed, he faces an additional inquiry from state prosecutors, who are believed to be looking into whether his successful 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with independent conservative groups.
That investigation could prove damaging if it hobbles key Walker campaign aides as he gears up for an expected vigorous reelection challenge in November. Combined with the possibility of additional future disclosures from the first investigation, the new probe threatens to hurt the governor as he attempts to gain momentum as a White House contender amid the scandal that has dimmed the 2016 prospects of a fellow star GOP governor, New Jerseys Chris Christie.
The Wisconsin investigations have been particularly mysterious due to the states unusually strict secrecy laws, which have resulted in gag orders even for witnesses and targets. The rules have hampered Walkers ability to respond and left critics and allies alike uncertain of the extent to which the probes could damage him.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
The last perfect guy we nailed to a cross.
They are scared big time of this incredible Governor who I hope and pray is the next President of the United States of America.
Walker’s excellent and he’s been great for Wisconsin, but somehow I don’t see him as a national figure just yet.
On the other hand, the presidential election (alas) remains three years off, so... who knows, really?
Agreed. He just doesn’t seem to be a National figure ... as it were. I dunno. It’s early still.
On cue, the Washington Post moves on with the rest of the Drive By Thugs called the media to destroy another Republican potentially running for the White House on behalf of Hillary! 2.0. I no where close to a Christie fan, but you could see the same BS with his bridge issue. For had it been a Rat Governor, it would have been just labeled as hard nosed New Jersey politics and nothing to see here.
Walker’s the best of our sitting governors from the 2010 wave. He’s one of the only that has stuck to his positions unflinchingly and he has the results to show. Unlike Kasich, Christie, and the guys from MI and PA, he’s been a really good governor and has not given in to pressure to institute bad policies.
He’s a guy we have to defend from this crap, unlike the NJ wanna be.
The anal exams for every possible Republican candidate has begun by the Democrat media. But no one is supposed to mention Chinese money laundering during Hillary’s first reign, or her lying to the families and the nation in front of the Benghazi corpses, or where the Clinton millions came from. When will the Washington Post scrutinize her record???
Versus Bathhouse Barry, who was a do nothing state Senator for 2 years, before he ran for _resident.
Why in the hell don’t Republicans ever release emails on Democrats? I don’t want to hear how we’re above it because that’s crap.
Ironically, Democrats keep bringing a gun to the fight while Republicans pull out their butter knives.
Will we fall for it AGAIN or will we finally recognize the game the media is playing here?
Consider the source of this ‘report,’ too. Leftist rag.
If they were, in fact, actual JOURNALISTS, they’d know that Gov. Walker started one of these probes himself.
John Doe emails to be released today.
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
The MSM is taking out Republican presidential candidates one-by-one. They got Christie for allowing traffic cones to be placed near a bridge with a two month long cacophony. This one will probably last that long, too. The only ones left standing will be losers, if they get their way.
That is one of the most blather-filled articles I have ever read.
It is little more than innuendos, assumptions, conjectures, speculations, insinuations, and suppositions.
MSM/Dems are working overtime to try to discredit any Republican candidate who might show some potential in the 2016 race. If they can discredit and derail most of them in advance, they will have a good chance of getting the Republicans to nominate another also-ran, thus enhancing the chance for any Dem nominee.
This article doesn’t even claim Walker did anything wrong.
Ofcourse Obama’s scandals especially Benghazi is ignorned by Dems & their media.
Maybe Walker can counter by saying Benghazi whenever asked about democrat fake scandals.
I know it’s just an excerpt as it’s the Warshington Pist, but I cannot tell by the opening sentences just what Walker could even be potentially guilty of. There is no charge, just the fact that some of his aides (and a governor might have several hundred) were charged (but not what or with)...
I guess it’s the old adage, “It’s not the crime, it’s the seriousness of the charge!”
Has the WP ever once reported on the following:
1. Cronies of Bill Clinton winding up dead from the Mena Mafia?
2. Bill Ayers and Obama?
3. How Obama’s wife rated a $350,000 job at the University of Chicago?
4. What the brilliant Obama’s grades were in any college he attended? They sure did stories on GW Bush’s “C” average at Yale.
5. Fast and Furious
6. IRS Scandal
9. Backdown in Syria
10. NSA spying on everyone; US citizens, foreign allies, etc.
So this is an anti-Cruz thread? j/k...mostly....
Man I need to get my act together. I am slowing down. lol.
And also, when you look at the Fed government and what is going on with the IRS, EPA, DHS, whatever agency, is there no Republican or conservative that works at any of these agencies? Out of the thousands of people working in these agencies, are there no Republicans or conservatives there?
You got that right. Who was the New Jersey ex-gov, Senator, and stock guy that walked away with billions of dollars? No charges. No investigation. No reporting.
I love that idea, no really love it. If they ask Walker about this crap he could say, "It's not like I left Americans to die in Benghazi or used state tax agencies to punish political enemies."
The MSM also never questioned Michelle Obama’s cushy $300,000 “community outreach” job with a Chicago hospital, nor her huge pay hike shortly after Obama started funneling taxpayer money to the hospital.
In other news, a potential investigation into The Washington Post could potentially reveal collusion with both the previous Clinton and current Obama administrations as well as with senior Democrat Party officials during the Bush administration. If these charges of collusion prove true, The Washington Post could potentially be subject to felony conspiracy charges, and even possible RICO act prosecution. We were unable to reach The Washington Post for comment.
The killing is well under way.......
Can hillary be killed? Is she immune from scandal after scandal after scandal?
The Left wants to eliminate Republicans who might actually win in 2016, well ahead of time.
I like Cruz, but he has no executive experience. Walker does.
Like the SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFSCME... That outside spending?
He would be a GREAT choice!!
The Three Stooges - pick one and he’d be better than Obama.
No, it never says he did anything wrong. It tries to paint him as guilty of something because there was an investigation. (How Kafkaesque! You are guilty because you have been accused of maybe being guilty of something!)
The slackjawed will shuffle away from the article with a sense that there was something bad, when in fact, nothing--no charge has been made at all.
Yellow urinalism at its finest.
(Of course, if there was anything at all, they'd have been shouting it from the rooftops!)
Gee, what a shock. A Republican governor, with presidential aspirations, being investigated for some sort of wrongdoing by his political enemies. Meanwhile, St. Hillary is being lauded and adored by her media allies. Never mind that her holiness and husband have a laundry list of criminal wrongdoing a mile long. The world is truly upside down.
C’mon man! This guy has the charisma of a snail. I would rather watch golf or watch paint dry, than watch this guy on TV. I know he’s a great guy and is a fighter and a winner, but he is boring. Should it matter?, NO. DOES it matter?, YES it does. We can do much better, Rand Paul for instance.
This sounds like the trump up charges they used against Tom Delay!
Yet, four Americans died when Hillary was in charge at the state department and not a peep of responsibility by the Lame Stream Media.....
You're thinking of Senator Robert Torricelli, perhaps?
No, not the Torch even though he proved to be a scumbag type of guy. I looked it up - Jon Corzine. That scumbag walked away with billions of dollars and not a single reporter invesitgated him. But if it was a Repub who stiffed someone on a tip, it would have been heard around the world for weeks on end.