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Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes as ex-aide’s e-mails are released
The Washington Post ^ | 18 Feb 2014 | Rosalind S. Helderman,

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 Walker’s 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 Jersey’s Chris Christie.

The Wisconsin investigations have been particularly mysterious due to the state’s unusually strict secrecy laws, which have resulted in gag orders even for witnesses and targets. The rules have hampered Walker’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2016election; 2016issues; scottwalker; unions; walker; walker2016; wi2016
But Wisconsin Democrats hope the new e-mails could still prove politically harmful to Walker, perhaps providing examples of times when he appeared to be aware of the router or of political work being performed on the county’s dime...............The unions couldn't bring him down..........so the MSM will try and do it.
1 posted on 02/19/2014 7:23:46 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

The last perfect guy we nailed to a cross.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 7:24:51 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: mandaladon

They are scared big time of this incredible Governor who I hope and pray is the next President of the United States of America.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 7:25:02 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: mandaladon

Go Scott!

:D


4 posted on 02/19/2014 7:25:05 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: mandaladon

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?


5 posted on 02/19/2014 7:27:17 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

Agreed. He just doesn’t seem to be a National figure ... as it were. I dunno. It’s early still.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 7:30:03 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: mandaladon

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.


7 posted on 02/19/2014 7:30:38 AM PST by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: mandaladon

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.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 7:30:45 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: mandaladon

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???


9 posted on 02/19/2014 7:30:51 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Jack Hammer
Walker’s excellent and he’s been great for Wisconsin, but somehow I don’t see him as a national figure just yet.

Versus Bathhouse Barry, who was a do nothing state Senator for 2 years, before he ran for _resident.

10 posted on 02/19/2014 7:31:16 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mandaladon

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.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 7:31:54 AM PST by Kenny
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To: mandaladon
Here we go again.

Will we fall for it AGAIN or will we finally recognize the game the media is playing here?

12 posted on 02/19/2014 7:32:16 AM PST by skeeter
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To: mandaladon

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.

*Rolleyes*


13 posted on 02/19/2014 7:33:44 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: mandaladon; afraidfortherepublic

PING!


14 posted on 02/19/2014 7:34:09 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: mandaladon; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; ...

John Doe emails to be released today.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 7:34:48 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mandaladon

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.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 7:35:41 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: mandaladon

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.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 7:38:53 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: mandaladon

Yes.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 7:41:58 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: edcoil

This article doesn’t even claim Walker did anything wrong.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 7:42:41 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: mandaladon

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.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 7:44:58 AM PST by RginTN
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21 posted on 02/19/2014 7:47:26 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mandaladon

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
7. Solyndra
8. Benghazi
9. Backdown in Syria
10. NSA spying on everyone; US citizens, foreign allies, etc.


22 posted on 02/19/2014 7:48:14 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: napscoordinator

So this is an anti-Cruz thread? j/k...mostly....


23 posted on 02/19/2014 7:52:06 AM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: mandaladon
I see this is a Washington comPost story.
after reading Brent Bosell’s column today, it is very understandable they will go after another viable Republican candidate. According to the comPost, any story about Hillary that is anything but glowing in prise is biased and strictly a Republican hit piece. But wait. There's more.
Any and all dirt on Republicans is just the usual ‘journalist’ vetting of a candidate.
24 posted on 02/19/2014 7:55:46 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: edcoil
The last perfect guy we nailed to a cross.

Walker's not perfect, but the first investigation showed he had nothing whatsoever to do with the minor league wrong doing. (Office employee using state resources on behalf of a Lt. Gov. candidate when Walker wasn't even on the ballot). Walker actually helped uncover the true crime which led to the investigation: stealing $40,000 from a military pension fund.

This current investigation is primarily aimed at Walker supporters, and they are suing like crazy.

The Post article is not even close to the truth. Even the crummy Wisconsin papers are closer to getting it right.
25 posted on 02/19/2014 7:56:22 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Manic_Episode

Man I need to get my act together. I am slowing down. lol.


26 posted on 02/19/2014 7:56:50 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: RIghtwardHo
Agreed. He just doesn’t seem to be a National figure ... as it were. I dunno. It’s early still.

Walker kinda sneaks up on you. He doesn't have a fiery temperament, pure phlegmatic. He also doesn't let go and he picks his fights wisely.

Executive experience, doesn't come across as a fire-breather, self-made man from modest background, unlikely to make a serious verbal gaffe, most vetted potential candidate in the world except for maybe Sarah Palin, completely unfazed by multi-pronged vicious attacks from both activists and media. He doesn't even scare off the less Frummie elements of the eGOP. The biggest non-issue attack the Dems can make on him is that he left college in his senior year to take a good job.
27 posted on 02/19/2014 8:02:30 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: mandaladon
Somewhat rhetorical but why or why is it always a Republican getting caught up in e-mail, phone conversations, etc? Why is it that some staffer stabs the boss in the back? Why is it we bever hardly hear of a Dem getting caught like this?

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?

28 posted on 02/19/2014 8:04:15 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: The South Texan

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.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 8:05:38 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: txrefugee
The anal exams for every possible Republican candidate has begun by the Democrat media

It worked well for driving Gov. Palin out of office and a potential prez run so why give up on a "winning"strategy"?
30 posted on 02/19/2014 8:05:39 AM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: mandaladon
WI journalist refining his technique.
31 posted on 02/19/2014 8:05:50 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: RginTN
Maybe Walker can counter by saying Benghazi whenever asked about democrat fake scandals.

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."

32 posted on 02/19/2014 8:06:59 AM PST by Kenny
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To: txrefugee
I hope you're being sarcastic but if not, the answer is NEVER. The Post gave up all pretenses of being anything but Yellow Journalism many many years ago.
33 posted on 02/19/2014 8:09:50 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: txrefugee

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.


34 posted on 02/19/2014 8:11:07 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: mandaladon

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.


35 posted on 02/19/2014 8:11:43 AM PST by cincinnati65
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To: mandaladon

The killing is well under way.......

Can hillary be killed? Is she immune from scandal after scandal after scandal?


36 posted on 02/19/2014 8:13:19 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mandaladon
The unions couldn't bring him down..........so the MSM will try and do it.

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.

37 posted on 02/19/2014 8:14:02 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: mandaladon
Democratic groups have long complained that the 2012 race was awash in outside spending...

Like the SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFSCME... That outside spending?

38 posted on 02/19/2014 8:34:57 AM PST by SkiKnee
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To: napscoordinator

He would be a GREAT choice!!


39 posted on 02/19/2014 8:51:57 AM PST by Laserman
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To: mountn man

The Three Stooges - pick one and he’d be better than Obama.


40 posted on 02/19/2014 9:12:25 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: ifinnegan
This article doesn’t even claim Walker did anything wrong.

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!)

41 posted on 02/19/2014 9:26:40 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: mandaladon

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.


42 posted on 02/19/2014 9:49:09 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: mandaladon

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.


43 posted on 02/19/2014 10:13:48 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: mandaladon
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.

This sounds like the trump up charges they used against Tom Delay!

44 posted on 02/19/2014 1:35:29 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: mandaladon

Yet, four Americans died when Hillary was in charge at the state department and not a peep of responsibility by the Lame Stream Media.....


45 posted on 02/19/2014 4:14:49 PM PST by Cyclone59 (Where are we going, and what's with the handbasket?)
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To: 7thson
Who was the New Jersey ex-gov, Senator, and stock guy that walked away with billions of dollars? No charges. No investigation. No reporting.

You're thinking of Senator Robert Torricelli, perhaps?

46 posted on 02/19/2014 10:34:32 PM PST by Fedora
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To: Fedora

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.


47 posted on 02/20/2014 4:40:55 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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