I don't know that anyone has yet gone though all of the 27,000 pages of emails and other documents that were released two weeks ago as part of the appeal proceedings for Kelly Rindfleisch. And if they have, I doubt they have gleamed all of the significant parts of the emails and other documents.
But was has come out has been fairly damning. Everything from racist "jokes" to cover ups to incidents of illegal collaboration to illegal politicking.
But as much as these emails have revealed about who Scott Walker really is and what miscreants he and his staff are, there is one thing people are forgetting.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
These are only the emails regarding one of the Walkergate Six, and even then, only the ones pertinent to her case.
There are still the emails from Darlene Wink and Tim Russell. There are still the emails of Cindy Archer, Tom Nardelli and Walker himself. There are still all the documents that were found in the Mystery Dumpster O'Fun.
There is a helluva lot more out there.
Unfortunately, they are still sealed.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they are suing for their release, but that doesn't appear to be going anywhere fast. And even if they win their lawsuit, what's to say that they will make all of the emails available to the public? Given the cover that they have given to Walker for more than a decade, I don't have a reason to expect that they would suddenly start objective reporting now.
It would seem to me that a more efficient and expeditious route would be for Milwaukee County government to claim those emails back. It is their property after all. And if the original Walkergate investigation is over and no other charges are to come of it, there is no reason to keep those emails sealed.
Unfortunately, Chris Abele hasn't lifted a finger to reclaim the people's property. Nor has he explained why he hasn't done his job in that respect.
Maybe he's afraid that Walker won't keep signing the bills that allow him to further concentrate power into his own hands. Maybe it's because of some sort of secret Brotherhood of the Weasel pact.
But surely, since Walker has called this all "old news," he wouldn't object that these emails and documents being unsealed and released. Heck, if Walker is as innocent and guileless as he claims to be, he would want them to be released, to exonerate his name.
It's time for Abele to do his job for once and demand these emails and documents be released back to Milwaukee County and then to make them available to the people.