Rindfleisch has decided that it's too much hassle to further protect Walker in this manner and said that she's :
not going to go through the papers
Now, before the gentle reader gets too excited, there are some things that he or she should know. There's always more.
A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker convicted of misconduct in public office declined Friday to look through "tens of thousands" of pages of emails to identify which should be withheld from public view.
On Tuesday, an appeals court judge said she planned to unseal documents used to prosecute Kelly Rindfleisch, a former aide to Walker when he was the executive of Milwaukee County.
Judge Patricia Curley gave Rindfleisch 30 days to review documents and request that certain information, such as Social Security numbers or medical information, remain confidential. At that point, Curley said, she would issue a final ruling and release the records.
But in a letter to Curley Friday, attorney Franklyn Gimbel said it would be too expensive and time-consuming for his client to review all of the records, which Gimbel contends were collected using "overbroad" warrants that violated his client's right to privacy.
We already know that Scott Walker and WISGOP has been funding Rindfleisch's legal defense by throwing buckets of money at her through her "doing jobs" for them. This was the way they were buying her silence. Sadly for Rindfleisch, even then, she had problems staying out of trouble.
About a year ago, Rindfleisch got a knew gig at a political consulting agency named Cross Rhodes Strategies. The registered agent for this agency is none other than Judith Rhodes Engels. Interestingly, the website that they once had for their agency is no longer to be found. In fact, the only traces my meager Googling skills could find was on a couple of aggregate sites - Find the Company and Bizapedia.
Interestingly, sources report that more than a few GOP legislators have Cross Rhodes listed in as an expense in their campaign finance report. Another interesting tidbit is that Engels' husband just received a cushy state job last summer.
is also known for her past caucus scandal involvement and her Harley riding skills. And despite her rub-ins with the law, Rhodes Engels is either a slow learner or just indifferent and got caught getting involved with the gerrymandering scandal, although she should not be involved in governmental business at all.
But the most interesting involvement with Rhodes Engels is a fact we learned during the Rindfleisch trial. We had learned from the Rindfleisch transcripts released then that Rhodes Engels had emailed Fitzgerald's campaign donor spreadsheet to Rindfleisch:
As I wrote at the time:
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to one of the smoking guns.Do I really need to remind the gentle reader that the Sons of Doe investigations is supposed to involve the possible collusion of a political candidate's campaign and third party groups, including WISGOP itself? And what do we have here? Clear collusion between Walker's campaign and WISGOP. Given what else we already know from the John Doe investigations and Walker's infamous phone call with the faux Koch that there were acts of collusion between the campaign and other third party groups like Americans for Prosperity, Wisconsin Club for Growth and MacIver Institute.
Judi Rhodes, aka Judi Rhodes-Engels, is someone else we know. She is the Harley Davidson-riding GOP operative that specializes in raising funds for State Senator Scott Fitzgerald. Rhodes sent a spreadsheet named "All Contributions-cfis-xlsm" to Rindfleisch, on what would be normally considered a work day during normal work hours.
This means not only was Walker having county staff running his campaign and doing fundraising on county time, and not only were the same staff coordinating things with the Davis campaign, but also was coordinating with WISGOP staff, under the leadership of State Senator Scott Fitzgerald. How was this arrangement approved and by whom?
In summary, you have a distinct pattern of Walker using his county staff and his county executive office which was doing campaign activity, most of which was a fund raising fundraising operation not just for himself, but also for his choice for Lieutenant Governor, Brett Davis. On top of all that, they were coordinating across multiple facets of WISGOP, most notably (for now) State Senator Scott Fitzgerald.
Given the obvious ties between Walker's groups and the third party groups, even if it didn't lead to criminal charges, much less convictions, if these emails and other documents were to be made publicly available, it would greatly damage Walker's chances of reelection as governor, much less really put a damper on his presidential aspirations.
Therefore, it would not be surprising if Walker and company tells Rindfleisch to take it to the Supreme Court. He's going to want to delay their release as long as possible.