Special Prosecutor Investigating Wisconsin Recall

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the RNC in Tampa, Florida (Reuters)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the RNC in Tampa, Florida (Reuters)

It’s not clear who the target of the probe is or what the specific charges are, but a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate possible “violations” in five counties that occurred during the recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Insiders said the investigation covers several jurisdictions, including Dane County. Police and prosecutors in these other counties have been lending a helping hand.

“It’s now spread to at least five counties,” said a source familiar with the probe, adding that Landgraf has been investigating “all over the place.”

While it isn’t clear who the subject(s) of the investigation is, the incident that sparked the new probe may offer a hint.

Sources said the investigation is following up on a number of leads turned up by an earlier John Doe probe, which was led by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm into the former and current aides of Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive.

Six individuals — including three former Walker aides, an appointee and a major campaign contributor — were convicted of criminal charges as a result of the probe. The first-term Republican governor said he was not a target of the investigation, which ran for nearly three years.

As you may recall, several of Walker’s aides were prosecuted for conducting campaign business on the taxpayer dime while serving under the governor. There were indications that Walker was aware of their actions, but he was never officially named in the probe.

Personally I’d welcome a Walker presidential campaign. It would be the sequel to the Romney campaign without that weatherman-like veneer of business-sense and even less charm.

Keep an eye on this one.

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  • joseph2004

    Obama’s message lately over Obamacare is that his re-election proved what the country wants. Scott Walker’s recall victory sent a much stronger message than anything Obama can claim, but here we go with a “probe” seeking out unknown subjects, unknown targets. What’s the goal? Nobody seems to know.
    Sounds like it’s on the up-and-up, doesn’t it? Sounds like a good use of state and county resources, doesn’t it?
    Yep, keep an eye on this one. Better yet, use both eyes…. you’ll need them.

    • WiscoJoe

      Huh? Do you understand how John Doe investigations work or why they are needed?

      “Six individuals — including three former Walker aides, an appointee and a major campaign contributor — were convicted of criminal charges as a result of the probe.”

      This is criminal activity. These six people committed crimes, were thoroughly investigated, and were held accountable as supported by the evidence and severity of their criminal activity. Do you think investigating criminal activity is a poor use of state and county resources?

      Now there is a new John Doe investigation. This new investigation is being led by a Republican lawyer. It is being conducted because, apparently, there is further evidence of criminal activity. The reason no one knows ‘what the goal’ of this investigation is or who the subjects/targets of the investigation are, is because this is a John Doe investigation. Details are kept tightly under wraps, because, most likely, the investigation involves high profile people and/or politically sensitive material that could impede the legitimacy and accuracy of the investigation if made public before all the facts are in. At this point we don’t know who or what is being investigated. It could be that Democrats or labor unions committed election fraud and are being investigated. It could be that even more of Walker’s staffers, Republican leaders, and/or the business lobby were involved in election fraud.

      Are you suggesting that because Scott Walker survived the recall election that our judicial system is not allowed to investigate criminal activity?

      Also, more people in the state of Wisconsin voted for Obama than voted for Scott Walker. Heck, more people in Wisconsin cast a vote for Senator Tammy Baldwin than for Walker. Tell me again why Walker’s electoral victory sent a stronger message than anything Obama can claim?

      OT, but since you brought it up… Do you think President Obama should be held accountable for the problems with the ‘Obamacare’ website? Do you think Governor Walker should be held accountable for the failures/scandals involved in the WEDC? Should Governor Walker be held accountable for the actions of his senior staffers and top aides?

    • D_C_Wilson

      So, winning a single statewide election is a stronger message than winning a national election, gaining seats in both chambers, and ever getting more votes overall in House districts? How so, exactly?

      What does this even have to with Obama? It’s an investigation headed by state and local authorities? Did Obam use his Jedi mind powers to take control of the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office?

      • Pink No More

        Don’t give the little ODS case the attention he craves.

    • WiscoJoe

      Joseph, I understand that being a Republican these days, (especially a Republican of the Walker/Priebus ilk), means having to rely largely on willful ignorance in order to sustain your political ideology, but I just wanted to clarify something for the sake of reason and common sense:

      Essentially what you seem to be arguing is that because Richard Nixon won a landslide election in 1972, Watergate shouldn’t have been investigated.

      • feloniousgrammar

        But Nixon had worked so hard to cheat in that election!

    • Badgerite

      Well, yes it does sound like it is on the up and up. When Scott Walker was Milwaukee County Executive he presided over embezzlement, fraud and misappropriation of government time for political purposes by his aides. An independent auditor found that while he was governor the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation could not account for what happened to millions of dollars of government money. In Wisconsin, that is not small change. During the recall election and especially during the Supreme Court election, which was very close, there were questions about votes tallies from certain counties being submitted very late. Wisconsin has been a clean state since the days of Bob Lafollette. Those of us who live here would like to keep it that way.

    • feloniousgrammar

      Yes, joseph— it sounds like a very good use of state and county resources.

    • Axomamma

      “Scott Walker’s recall victory sent a much stronger message than anything Obama can claim”

      What are you saying? Are you suggesting that Walker survived recall because Wisconsonians (Wisconsinites? Cheeseheads?) was first choice as governor and not because they disagreed with the recall?

      Are you suggesting that Walker surviving a recall is “a stronger message” than Obama winning a second term?

    • nathkatun7

      Apples and Oranges!

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Fixed the pic for ya, Ashby.