Former Walker aide sentenced for illegal campaign activity on county time

It’s about time…

Darlene Wink made a tearful apology to Gov. Scott Walker Thursday during her sentencing for doing fundraising work for the governor while at her taxpayer-paid county job in 2009.

Wink, 62, was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Konkol to a year’s probation, 50 hours of community service and $1,000 in fines. He also prohibited the longtime Republican political activist from taking part in any political activity other than voting for a year.

An emotional Wink offered an apology to the judge, “the taxpayers, my former boss and my friends and family” for her offenses. Her lawyer, Peter Wolff, said Wink was referring to Walker, whom he noted she greatly admires.

Wink, of Cudahy, was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of soliciting political donations for Walker while working at her courthouse job. She was Walker’s constituent services coordinator while he was Milwaukee County executive. She worked on two fundraising events for Walker while on the county clock in 2009, when Walker was a GOP candidate for governor.