how ridiculous that is.
When new broke that Tim Russell had taken a plea deal, Walker and his apologists tried again to say that Walkergate was wrapping up.
Again, I provided a rather lengthy list of reasons why Walkergate was not ending anytime soon.
It appears that Walker has given up that line of argument.
In a article written by Steve Schultze of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering Russell's sentencing hearing, he tried to do a follow up with Walker's campaign. Although I am sure that Schultze got the quote correct, I don't think he recognized what was being said (emphasis mine):
Walker campaign spokeswoman Nicole Tieman last week said Walker authorized the switch to ensure money for Operation Freedom was not commingled with other funds. She did not respond to a question Tuesday about who asked Walker to switch oversight of the event.Think about that for a minute.
Instead, Tieman repeated the governor's statement that he had clearly told county employees they were barred from using "county time or resources for political activity of any kind." She said Walker continued to "fully cooperate" with the investigation.
At the beginning of 2012, five people were arrested. Four of the five have had their cases resolved already:
- Darlene Wink took a plea deal and was giving probation,
- Kevin Kavanaugh was convicted and sentenced to two years.
- Kelly Rindfleisch took a plea deal and was sentenced to prison, although that sentence was stayed pending an appeal
- Tim Russell took a plea deal and was sentenced to two years in prison.
The only one yet to reach resolution is Brian Pierick, whose trial starts next week. And Pierick's case has little to do with Walker per se. Pierick was charged with child enticement as a result information found during the investigation into Walkergate.
So what is Walker still cooperating with? And why would Walker be involved and needing to cooperate if he was not part of it?
Of course, some might wonder about the level of cooperation Walker is providing, since he is also the one that stonewalled the investigation so much that he forced the DA's Office to open up the John Doe to begin with.
Well, the answer is simple.
Walker was part of it. But we already knew that because with Walker, there is always more. Then there's still even more.
Or perhaps she meant that Walker was cooperating with the Dane County's Walkergate.
We have a good idea of who are some of the likeliest candidates for the next wave of charges. And that doesn't include Jim Villa and John Hiller, who are also highly likely to see their day in court. Is Walker's cooperation entailing him getting ready to throw them under the bus?
But there is one thing that struck me long ago, and something I keep returning to in my mind.
Despite Walker's defenders' constant attacks on the reputation of the DA's office, their questioning of the integrity of the investigation, their attempts to mislead or confuse the matter, there is one thing they've never, ever tried to do.