The sun was bright as it got a little higher in the sky. The temperatures in Milwaukee flirted with fifty
degrees, giving people a glimpse of the spring yet to come. People were quicker with a smile and had a little more spring in their steps.
Also on Wednesday, the until then sealed emails and other documents related to the investigation, charging and conviction of Kelly Rindfleisch were unsealed and made available to the public. Rindfleisch, as the gentle reader already knows, is the WISGOP political operative that was hired by Scott Walker to work in his county executive's office. During her trial, it became obvious that she was hired to work more on the campaign of Brett Davis, Lieutenant Governor wannabe, and then his own.
The much awaited documents were eagerly taken and shared, with many revelations into the workings of Team Walker, which is becoming increasingly apparent included both his campaign and county staff, blending the lines as to make them indiscernible.
Some of the revelations included extremely vulgar and racist emails they shared to "lighten the mood." Some of the revelations included the plans and actions taken to cover up the myriad of problems at the mental health complex as well as with the tragedy of O'Donnell Park, where a teenager lost his life and two other people were seriously injured when a facade fell of the building.
Numerous bloggers and news sources have reports regarding this. As time allows, I will also go through the emails, although long time readers of Cog Dis are well aware of these revelations and have been for a long time.
For example, Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was one of the first with a story, pointing out that it was Tim Russell's partner, Brian Pierick, that had ran the campaign website ScottforGov.com.
That's not exactly news. I started questioning in May of 2010, the same month that Darlene Wink and Tim Russell had both been caught campaigning on county time, whether ScottforGov.com was an insider job. It became even more apparent that it was an inside job when the website was able to post a story on a request for information I had made within minutes of Walker's office sending me the requested information.
And to be correct Bice on a small issue, two years ago, I had referred to a post by Steve Hanson that showed Tim Russell was the administrator of the website until the day before his arrest, when it was transferred to Pierick:
Now, Walker knew that Russell was in the thick of the Walkergate investigations. Walker himself claimed that he only knew what he read in the papers. Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has done an excellent job of covering it, including pointing out Russell's involvement in almost each of his Walkergate stories. Despite this knowledge, Walker was perfectly comfortable with having Russell and his roommate, Brian Pierick, who was arrested for child enticement, do the administrative work for his official campaign website.
In fact, Russell was listed as the administrator up to and through the day before the arrest.Heck, I had already pointed out long before Bice that MJS conservative blogger Aaron Rodriguez was aware of who was doing the website but kept the crime secret and even tried to lie to me about the website.
To his credit, Bice did break the news that Walker put gave the website and his approval to the website.
Which leads us to the next "major discovery" which was that Walker was also aware of the secret router his campaign/county staff used to communicate with each other and with him. This new proof was an email from Cindy Archer welcoming Rindfleisch to the "inner circle," meaning those aware of the secret email system.
To be honest, I find that email to be less convincing than the one we learned about years ago, which had been sent via the system by Walker himself, and showed the world that when it comes to all things Walker, there is more. There is always more:
Walker himself is acknowledging awareness of all that was going on and was directing these actions. For reasons unknown to me, the corporate media in this state never even referred to this email until yesterday.
By far,a the biggest find so far comes via my friend karoli at Crooks and Liars, who, besides giving me one of the biggest compliments ever, pointed out this email from then WISGOP head Reince Priebus to Scott Walker and his RJ Johnson, who was a consultant to Walker's campaign and involved with the Wisconsin Club for Growth:
As the gentle reader is aware, it is this collaboration that is the subject of the ongoing investigations known as the Sons of Doe.
I am planning on exploring the emails myself to see what else might be in there and will be more than glad to share my findings with the gentle reader. Stay tuned and make sure that you're fully stocked up on popcorn. Things are just about to get interesting again.
Because - say it with me! - with all things Walker, there is more. There is always more.