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Left ready to take down Scott Walker over an old investigation thatís already been closed
H ^ | 02/20/2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 02/20/2014 5:25:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind

With Christie pretty well neutralized, it’s time to turn to the GOP’s other successful blue-state governor and try to cripple him before 2016 too. Might as well have it on your radar now as you’ll be hearing about it sporadically, even though nothing will come of it. The scandal this time is the fact that, back when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and running for governor, some of his county staff communicated with his campaign staff during county office hours, while on the taxpayer’s dime. It got to the point where a separate wireless router was installed in the county office so that they could converse without any trail being left on the state’s computer servers. Six people were convicted before the investigation was closed. Walker wasn’t one of them, and in fact was never charged. All of which is old news — so much so that his Democratic opponent ran an attack ad against him about all of this back during the doomed recall effort of 2012.

But it’s back again this week because 27,000 e-mails of one of the aides who was convicted have now been released and, well, there’s got to be a smoking gun proving that Walker condoned the secret wireless network in there somewhere — even though prosecutors went through the e-mails themselves, of course, and declined to charge him with anything. At the very least, if they can prove bad behavior by Walker himself, lefties are going to accuse him of running the same sort of poorly managed rogue operation as his pal Christie did in Bridgegate. Why they think this will hurt him when it didn’t stop him from beating the recall effort, I don’t know, but maybe they think there’s a certain osmosis effect at work. Christie and Walker are often compared to each other vis-a-vis 2016; if the national public is convinced Christie’s crooked, maybe they can build that into an “all these guys are crooked” perception.

Some used private email accounts to communicate even, apparently, with Mr. Walker, according to an email from the county’s administrative director, who at one point advised a colleague to do the same, adding imprecisely, “Consider youself now in the ‘inner circle.’ ” And plans for a daily conference call, the newly released emails show, included members from both his campaign for governor and his county executive staff…

Questions remain over how much Mr. Walker knew about activities of his staff. In the email from the county’s administrative director, Cynthia Archer, suggesting that a colleague use a personal email account and join the “inner circle,” she wrote: “I use this private account quite a bit to communicate with SKW and Nardelli,” apparently referring to Mr. Walker and Mr. Nardelli.

But there were also signs among the documents that Mr. Walker had called for a stop to some of the activities. At one point in May 2010, Ms. Wink resigned after allegations that she had posted pro-Walker comments on The Journal Sentinel website while at her county job. Mr. Walker sent an email to another aide, writing of Ms. Wink: “I talked to her at home last night. Feel bad. She feels worse. We cannot afford another story like this one. No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the workday, et cetera.”

Is that what a guy writes when he’s condoning private business being conducted on county time or is that what he writes when he wants to limit it? See now why that attack ad in 2012 didn’t work?

Right Wisconsin has a list of reasons why this is a big fat zero. There’s actually a second investigation, this time into Walker’s recall campaign staff, that’s under way, possibly related to coordinating with outside conservative groups. (“John Doe investigations” in Wisconsin are kept secret until the findings are released.) That one’s probably going nowhere too, though: A judge quashed several subpoenas served on conservative orgs last month because they failed to allege any violations of campaign finance law. Walker’s going to win again, just as he always seems to do against the left.

As for the Christie parallel, lefties have two problems here that they don’t have with Bridgegate. One: Bridgegate is still under investigation. There’s a persistent element of suspense that Bridget Kelly or David Wildstein will turn on Christie and produce the smoking gun that places him at the center of it. There’s no risk of that with Walker. This is old news, which is why it didn’t hurt him in the recall. Two: Bridgegate resonates not because Christie’s staff went rogue on him right under his nose but because the petty retaliation involved lends a dark element to Christie’s “tough guy” routine. He presents himself as the no-nonsense leader who’ll get in the faces of the public’s enemies, but closing the bridge lanes hurt the public and made the no-nonsense shtick seem more like bullying. There’s no similar wound to Walker’s persona from this e-mail business. His staff crossed the line between campaign and official business, but that line is hazy for most politicos even when they manage to remain on the right side of the law. I’m trying to imagine the Democratic machine running a campaign accusing him of corruption on these grounds in 2016 when his opponent, in all likelihood, would be the Clintons. Suggested slogan: “America can’t afford scandals in the White House. Hillary 2016!”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: scottwalker; wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 02/20/2014 5:25:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Republican Party is a bunch of faggoty cowards if they let this go anywhere.
They will....and ...They are


2 posted on 02/20/2014 5:28:08 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
With Christie pretty well neutralized, it’s time to turn to the GOP’s other successful blue-state governor and try to cripple him before 2016 too

The only way Christie was going anywhere was as a figment of the Left's imagination. He had zero Conservative support and zero chance of ever being a contender.

3 posted on 02/20/2014 5:33:19 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: SeekAndFind

The media will happily obey the Demon Rats. Operation “Clear The Deck” is being done for Hitlery.

I believe it will fail.

America won’t go for it.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 5:43:29 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Vaquero

The Republicans have already agreed to a Special Prosecutor, and the Democrats will ask for one any month now.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 5:44:31 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Vaquero
The republicans are cowards and the media is full of bias scumbags. They don't say a word about the most corrupt regime in American history but they will follow a republican candidates dog around to sift through its shit looking for clues. They are a disgrace.
6 posted on 02/20/2014 5:47:19 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: Vaquero

“They will....and ...They are”

If the Left started yelling that Republicans refused to fund castration and that castration was a right, not a choice you’d find the media carrying their water and soon there would be nationwide protests.

With the weight of the media and money behind them they can make anything they like into the Left’s next celebrated cause.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 5:50:10 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SoFloFreeper

So I’m home today and got on the comments section of a couple of sites. There was a rabid troll named “Really Ready For Hillary” so I decided to take him/her on.

I laid out some facts and then asked for a reply - a list of Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State. Well, I got called all sorts of names, of course, etc. etc. but guess what? No list of accomplishments! I couldn’t help but point this out and got likes and positive responses for my efforts.

My conclusion is not enough people know about her baggage and it doesn’t hurt to remind them.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 5:52:47 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mysteriously discovered e-mails? I’m shocked.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 5:57:08 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: SoFloFreeper

RE: Operation “Clear The Deck” is being done for Hitlery.

I believe it will fail.

America won’t go for it.

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Let’s put it this way — If Hillary gets elected with her age and all her baggage, this country shall have crossed a point of no return.


10 posted on 02/20/2014 6:18:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
The only way Christie was going anywhere was as a figment of the Left's imagination. He had zero Conservative support and zero chance of ever being a contender.

The same could be said of McPain and Romney. The primaries are rigged to have the Conservatives split their votes, and open primaries, or blue States, make up the early votes -- so that the Republican party standard bearer ends up being a Big Government status quo guy. We need another political Party.

11 posted on 02/20/2014 6:26:46 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s put it this way — If Hillary gets elected with her age and all her baggage, this country shall have crossed a point of no return.


I believe it did in November of 2008. It’s why I bought my farm in central KY two weeks before that election and moved there from my home of 45 years, Seattle, in summer of 2011. With every passing week I consider that the third best decision of my life (first being accepting Christ, the second being marrying my wife).

America is a dead country walking. It has been for a long time. The limp just became grossly noticeable in 2009.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 6:30:35 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Aria

The only accomplishments she has are total failures.

She is utterly without intelligence or talent, and she is absolutely corrupt.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 6:32:20 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

The left in Wisconsin means Madison and Milwaukee. There are thousands outside of those cess pools that don’t see things the same as the left does.

They may be “ready” but I doubt it will happen.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 6:59:17 PM PST by DaveA37
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To: Vaquero

>> The Republican Party is a bunch of faggoty coward

Primary the RINOs!


15 posted on 02/20/2014 7:01:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scott Walker is a man, Chris Christie, not so much.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 7:38:18 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/02/the-washington-posts-pathetic-attack-on-scott-walker.php

The Washington Post’s pathetic attack on Scott Walker


17 posted on 02/20/2014 8:09:15 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: chris37

I just wonder what she was doing the night of Benghazi....other than trying to figure out who to blame it on.

I bet she was telling zero that this needed to be covered up to get through the election....that’s her pattern...although he sure doesn’t need any help in hiding the truth.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 8:10:56 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

19 posted on 02/20/2014 8:23:24 PM PST by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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bkmk


20 posted on 02/20/2014 11:56:04 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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