Walker gubernatorial campaign and WI GOP hire target of John Doe investigation

This should not surprise anyone…

A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who has pleaded guilty to felony misconduct in office has been on the payroll of Walker’s campaign and the state Republican Party, according to a court document filed Friday.

Kelly M. Rindfleisch was charged in January with doing fundraising and other campaign work while working in 2010 from her office at the Milwaukee County Courthouse where she had been an aide to Walker during the last year of his tenure as county executive.

She had been under investigation as early as Nov. 1, 2010 – the day before Walker won election as governor – according to a sentencing report filed by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf.

On that date, the West Allis home where Rindfleisch was then living several days a week was searched by authorities as part of a then-widening secret John Doe investigation. Her home in Columbus and Walker’s county executive offices were searched Nov. 21, 2010.

And yet, Walker’s campaign gave her a job “immediately after she left county service,” Landgraf wrote of Rindfleisch, who is to be sentenced Monday.

I’ve long believed you can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep, and in the case of Scott Walker the company he keeps includes an awful lot of convicted felons.