Wink was first brought to the attention of the public when she was busted leaving comments on JSOnline and other blogs promoting Walker's gubernatorial candidacy and ripping at his opponents. Little did we know at the time that this was just the very tip of the tip of a huge iceberg of corruption and scandal.
It was only after that news came out that it raised suspicions about other things.
One such thing was an incident in which I, acting as the Chair of Milwaukee County First, asked about a Milwaukee County Parks logo being on a banner announcing a Tea Party rally held at the lakefront. Stemming from this, Cory Liebmann was able to figure out that it was Wink who not only handled my request but also a suspicious Open Records Request within minutes, leading to suspicions that Wink and other county staffers were behind the official unofficial Walker campaign site, ScottForGov.com.
It was also suspicious that when Walker sent an email, from his campaign website regarding Wink getting busted and demanding that there should be "no laptops, no websites, no time away during the workday, etc.," the site disappeared into thin air.
Wink then came up again when she was found to be tied in to "Operation Freedom," the political stunt posing as a charitable event, from which Tim Russell was embezzling thousands of dollars. Despite warnings from the Ethics Board, Walker had Russell and Wink running this thing from his executive office.
Then finally, a couple of weeks ago, almost as an afterthought, Wink was arrested and charged with two counts of illegally campaigning and fundraising. Much about her arrest was drowned out as people were trying to come to terms with the level of corruption happening with Kelly Rindfleisch.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney offered a plea bargain to Wink. The deal was that they would drop the charges from felonies to misdemeanors and not recommend any jail time. In return, Wink was to plead guilty and act as state witness against the others that have been charged and to give information about the "destruction of digital evidence."
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News of the deal has many Wisconsinites excited and hopeful that this means she'll spill her guts and give enough information for them to indict Walker.
I wouldn't be too sure about that. While it's obviously true that, like most people, she really, really doesn't want to go to jail, but how strong is that aversion to incarceration?
I have spoken to people who have known her and they have described her as being very zealous, almost to the point of being cultish, to all things Walker. In other words, she has drunken long and deep and often of the Kool-Aid and that they could see her taking a fall if it meant protecting her Dear Leader.
I was reminded of this when I saw this quote in the report by Marie Rohde, writing for WisPolitics.com:
“Miss Wink just wants to put this behind her,” Wolff said. “She doesn’t like being in the limelight, and she’s a very loyal person.”The question is whether she is more loyal to herself or to Walker. Of course, they could also be using her to put the pressure on others in an effort to get them to turn on Walker.
But then again, there is this blurb from Dan Bice's report for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wolff said Wink was able to complete all her legitimate county assignments in her courthouse job, as well as the campaign work done at the request of someone else. Wolff declined to identify that person. Wink was not pressured to do the campaign work, Wolff said.One could easily assume that it is Walker who asked her to do that work. My guess is that it wasn't Walker, but that it was Tim Russell.
If my guess is correct, the question becomes who told Russell to have it done.
That person could be very well the same person who told Russell that there should be "no laptops, no websites, no time away during the workday, etc.," and then violated that same directive within days himself.
While Wink turning state witness might not necessarily be the direct downfall of Scott Walker, it could very well be the beginning of the end.