Friday, December 7, 2012

Walkergate: Kavanaugh and Phase II

A couple of short and sweet items of interest regarding Walkergate, one of which just might knock your socks off.

Kavanaugh

Friday is the date for the sentencing hearing for Kevin Kavanaugh, the first person to embezzle money from the Scott Walker campaign promotion veterans fund known as Operation Freedom.

Remember that Scott Walker claimed and is still claiming that he "started the investigation" by having his Chief of Staff Tom Nardelli go to the DA's Office with concerns about missing money.  What he doesn't want to talk about is how he also immediately started to stonewall the investigation, opening the door for Walkergate.

I don't expect any big revelations from this, but you never can tell.

But that's OK, because there's other things to chew on.

Phase II
Cindy Archer

I have recently heard that Phase II of the Walkergate investigation has already commenced.  Apparently Kelly Rindfleisch did give some information after all and gave up Cindy Archer.

Archer had been Walker's Director of Administration during the time Walker was Milwaukee County Executive.  Criminal complaints and other documents from Walkergate show that Archer was deeply involved with the illegal campaigning and the collusion between county personnel and campaign staff.

Word is that Archer is already working on a plea deal even though she hasn't been arrested yet, much less charged.  It's a maneuver called a negotiated issuance.

If this is true and they are going after Archer, there's a good chance that they are going after others, like Tom Nardelli, who was Walker's Chief of Staff during this time.

This would also explain why they let off people like Rindfleisch or Tim Russell with relative slaps on the wrist.  Many people wanted the DA to get these two to flip on Walker.

But neither of these people were, as far as the Milwaukee County hierarchy goes, closer than two degrees separated.  The highest position that both Rindfleisch and Russell reached was Deputy Chief of Staff, two spots below Walker.

But if they turned on Archer and Nardelli, well, now we're at the level just below Walker, as his Director of Administration and Chief of Staff, respectively.  They testimony would be much harder for Walker to explain away.

Yup, 2013 is shaping up to be a most interesting year.

Now, if only we could figure out who John Doe is...


24 comments:

  1. Nardelli saw this coming some time ago and has moved to put a lot distance between himself and Mr. John Doe. He's a pretty smart political having worked for both parties and knows this whole mess is a ride he wants to get off before it hits bottom. Lets see if Tom's smarter than Tim when dealing with the DA's office.

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    1. Assuming he started "to put a lot distance between himself and Mr. John Doe" by 2005 everything should work out just fine for him.

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    2. Cooperation is the key word in Nardelli's scenario

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    3. If he was planning on CYA instead on CJDA (Cover John Doe's A**) it might get interesting.

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  2. when talking about walker....there is always more!!!!

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  3. It took Illinois 4 years to get Blago. I have patience.

    And thank you Capper for the continued coverage of the John Doe investigation. The gentle reader needs a score card!

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  4. I work where Ms. Archer was appointed to a job with little work but very, very nice pay. This is great news, indeed.

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  5. This explains why Cindy is selling her home in Madison:

    http://slysoffice.blogspot.com/2012/11/wanna-buy-house-how-about-cynthia.html

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    1. Nardelli was trying to sell his home too.

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  6. I've always wondered whether Nardelli reported the problem under Walker's direction or whether he acted on his own. Perhaps things got to the point where he had little choice but to report the problem if he was to protect his own backside.

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  7. One of my favorite Tom Nardelli quotes: "If it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander". Wherein the gander sits down with Frank Gimbel.

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  8. This article may include one other past tid-bit on the previous arrests - they all came in January (Rindfleisch, Wink, Russell, Kavanaugh, and Pierick).

    Capper may not be too far from the truth with the whole, "new fiscal year, new initiative" mantra he's been promoting. With the news today that Gilkes is still actively cooperating with the DA and that things are still one the move, January may end up being the beginning of the end.

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    1. I think the DA and his staff are looking forward to the coming holiday season and the new year. Others, not so much.

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  9. My favorite section of the State Journal story via Wispolitics:

    Gilkes told reporters that he "had no knowledge" of a private wireless router system that allegedly was part of a secret email system in the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

    Asked if a similar router exists in the state Capitol, Gilkes became angry.

    "That's just absurd, I'm done," he responded and walked away.
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    In poker this would be considered as "a tell".


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    1. I'm done? Why is it absurd? Seems very logical to me.

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  10. Oh, I think Keith Gilkes is done alright.

    I also love how he claims he didn't know about the secret Milw Co router when he's sending messages to the non-work emails of Rindfleisch and the rest of the "campaign team."

    Then again, Gilkes is the guy who said "It's David Koch on line 1, Gov. Walker." So he's not exactly a sharp one.

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    1. Apparently he thinks we can't read. The Rindfleisch emails show us he is a liar and his having a fit over the question shows he is guilty. He truly is protesting too much - in the form of overreacting. The emperor has no clothes...

      Ms. J, RN

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  11. The court record events are pretty interesting. Some juicy tidbits there too...

    Working in Psych we learn to read everything whether body language, verbiage and inflection, written language, and interactions with others in a very analytical fashion. Don't read too fast and read the larger picture, be an abstract thinker. Does what is being communicated make sense or is it incongruous? Is the communication in "plain English" or double speak? During this whole case the change in demeanor, affect, tone & inflection, and rate of speaking of SW and co has changed to indicate anxiety, being guarded to avoid disclosing their true current thoughts, and hypervigilance towards those they perceive as "the enemy" (namely anyone who asks the questions they don't want to answer).

    Paranoia, perhaps a guilty conscience, and the things not said tell a lot. SW has gone from confident and commanding to stammering and appearing timid at times. Now we've seen anger come out towards those that are asking the questions we need to ask.

    Also SW routinely engages in projection so listen closely to the things he accuses his opponents of because in reality he is telling on himself.

    -Ms. J RN

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  12. and yet Scott Walker keeps on getting elected. Tells alot about the electorate

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    1. SW spent 88% of the money to get 53% of the vote. Spent $23/vote. Barrett spent about $3.47/vote. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/wisconsin-recall-results-scott-walker_b_1572887.html

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  13. Capper, another great job/scoop!!!!

    Another example of why you're the King!!!

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  14. Hey Crapper! How can you sit there behind your computer, hope it's not that county owned computer again, and pass judgment on people using county or state resources for personal gain. If I recall, didn't you get suspended with loss of pay for ten days for using county resources for personal use?? Kind of hypocritical of you, isn't it??

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    1. Are you speaking of when Walker tried to retaliate against me for calling him out? Y'know, the one where it was proven that I wasn't blogging on county time? Idiot.

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    2. I'm not a big capper follower (only started the past 2 months or so), but even if this is true he violated a workplace policy.

      Walker (or at least his underlings) violated the law.

      Totally different things, but then we know you conservatives are black and white "thinkers"

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