Governor and former Milwaukee county executive Scott Walker should be indicted for criminal misconduct in a public office. In fact he should have been indicted a long time ago.
Scott Walker was clearly aware of the misuse of county resources for the benefit of his gubernatorial campaign in 2010. The thousands upon thousands of emails that have been released show that Scott Walker not only was aware, but even encouraged this illegal and highly unethical activity.
Six of Walker’s aides were convicted of various charges relating to the misuse of county time to do campaign work. His former deputy chief of staff, Kelly Rindfleisch, was even convicted of a felony misconduct charge for doing campaign work while working for and being paid by Milwaukee county taxpayers. He sent emails from his private campaign email to his county staffers asking them to do things related to his campaign for governor, such as posting positive comments relating to his campaign on various news articles online. There was even a secret wireless router installed in Rindfleisch’s office a mere 25 feet from Walker’s office which allowed his staffers to communicate back and forth about the campaign while working on the county dime in secrecy.
Walker’s staffers also brought in private laptops to carry out campaign work while at the county office because they knew that the county computers were monitored. Scott walker obviously knew about the laptop use because he sent an email to Tim Russel, who was then Director of Housing for The Department of Health and Human services and incidentally also the person who installed the private router, that the use of Private laptops in the office must stop to avoid further scandal.
This is clear evidence he knew of the misuse of County resources to further his own campaign. How he has not been indicted yet is really beyond me. We know for a fact he knew about the laptops. Did he also know about the secret wireless router? Was he aware of the “inner circle” of staffers using large chunks of their work day to do campaign work?
We won’t know until there is a criminal investigation. The point of a criminal investigation is to determine if someone is guilty or not guilty of wrongdoing. Yet criminal charges have yet to be filed. It is simply unacceptable that a man isn’t held accountable for his actions, especially when that man is a governor. There are questions that need to be answered and the only way to answer them is by indicting Governor Scott Kevin Walker.