When people are lying or trying to conceal something, there is a thing call "the tell," which is a change in behavior which is a dead giveaway that they are indeed lying or trying to hide something.
Two recent reports regarding Walkergate reveal the tell of some of the participants.
One person is Keith Gilkes, Scott Walker's former campaign manager and former Chief of Staff. Gilkes, as the gentle reader might recall, claimed that he was cooperating with the DA's Office's investigation into Walkergate.
One of Gilkes' defenses is that he claimed that his contact with Walker's county staff was routine and simple logistics as far scheduling events and whatnot, which we know to be a complete fabrication.
Lisa Kaiser, reporting for the Shepherd Express, reveals a tell by Gilkes, further implicating himself and increasing the likelihood that his name will be as well known as Tim Russell's or Kelly Rindfleisch's:
Landgraf’s emails also showed that Gilkes, working for the campaign, edited an op-ed column allegedly authored by Geri Lyday, who took over the county’s health and human services department after serious safety issues were found at the mental health complex in 2010.Notice how he clammed up, just like he did when he was asked about a secret router in the Capitol Building?
“Call me with questions” about the edits, he emailed Rindfleisch on Aug. 26, 2010.
It appears that the Gilkes-vetted op-ed was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 28, 2010.
Last week, however, when confronted by the Shepherd, Gilkes said, “We [the campaign] weren’t involved with any official county duties.”
The Shepherd then asked him about the emails released by Landgraf in court.
“You’ve seen pieces of elements of emails,” Gilkes said, then explained that he couldn’t discuss the contents because of the secret nature of the John Doe investigation.
But as easy as it was to spot Gilkes' tell, Scott Walker's tell is even easier to pick up in this video found by Jud Lounsbury. See if you can spot the tell:
Did you spot the tell?
Walker's voice was cracking more than a teenage boy going through puberty.
Another tell is the way that Walker has changed his tune, starting to throw his former aides, advisors and best friends under the bus. That's a lot different than this:
"Anything that happens in the county, the buck stops with me."
Do tell. As in, do tell it to the John Doe judge.