Unsurprisingly, the sentencing was postponed while she continues to cooperate with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office by helping with their investigation and agreeing to be state's witness against other defendants stemming from the Walkergate investigation.
But as it always seems to be the case when it comes to anything dealing with Scott Walker - say it with me - there's more. There's always more.
Steve Schultze of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the hearing and subsequently reveals the more (emphasis mine):
Wink's sentencing was moved to Nov. 21 by Judge Daniel Konkol at the request of Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf. Wink's cooperation is needed in the case of Timothy Russell, another former county official, and also in a Waukesha County case, Landgraf said.Schultze goes on to make the most obvious conclusion as to what's going on in Walkersha County:
Landgraf didn't disclose the Waukesha case that he said Wink had agreed to help on. Brian Pierick, Russell's domestic partner, has been charged in Waukesha County with child enticement and causing a juvenile to expose his genitals. That case also grew out of the same John Doe probe.As I said, it's the most obvious conclusion, but not necessarily the correct one.
It doesn't make any sense for Wink to be involved in Pierick's case. Wink was never even mentioned in the criminal complaint against Pierick. Nor is he mentioned in the complaint against her. Nor are their crimes anywhere similar or even connected.
In fact, the only commonality between the two would be Tim Russell. And unless Russell was bragging about his partner's trolling abilities, I don't see what she could conceivably contribute to the state's case against him.
So what in blazes would Wink have to do with a Walkergate case in Walkersha County?
Well, we know from the complaint against Wink that she was having frequent contact with Joseph Fadness, Walker's campaign operation manager; Tom Evenson, field operative for Team Walker; and Reince Priebus, then head of WISGOP.
But that might not mean nothing, since it's not known exactly where Walker's campaign headquarters are:
All we know about the main Walker campaign office is that it lists a P.O. Box in Middleton for campaign donations and other mail.However, we do know that while the bulk of the investigation has happened in Milwaukee County, the charges land where the crimes occurred, as evidenced in Pierick being charged in Walkersha County and Kelly Rindfleisch' unsuccessful attempt to get her case moved out of Milwaukee County.
The governor does give a street address on University Ave. in Middleton for his defense fund, the account out of which he is paying his two criminal defense lawyers as part of the never-ending John Doe investigation of his staff.
Is that where his super secret campaign office is also?
"No," responded Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews.
Are we getting warm?
"Not even close," Matthews answered.
It is also known that, thanks to Walker's Act 61, a plaintiff can sue the state from their home county as opposed to only being able to sue them in Dane County. In a summary of this act, Attorney Erin O'Connor summarizes the law and includes this passage:
A new law took effect on Nov. 24, 2011, altering where plaintiffs suing the state may bring those actions and where an appeal may be heard arising out of those actions. The Senate author of the legislation explained that it was drafted to provide "wider access to the court system for citizens who wish to take up an action against the State of Wisconsin" and because citizens should have the right to bring an action "closer to where they live." Sen. Vukmir, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce & Government Hearing, June 2, 2011...And we also know that when Walker's campaign filed the bogus lawsuit against the Governmental Accountability Board in order to extend the amount of time that Walker would be able to collect unlimited donations, they chose to do so from Walkersha County.
So let's put this all together, shall we?
- Wink was in frequent contact with Team Walker, helping out with Walker's campaign during work hours and from her county office.
- We also know that the DA is planning on using Wink as a witness against someone in Walkersha County.
- While the only known defendant in Walkersha County is Brian Pierick, there is no clear reason to tie Wick to Pierick or vice versa.
- We have reason to suspect that Walker's campaign is in Walkersha County.
I think it just might be time to stock up on popcorn again. This is really starting to get good.