On the surface, the FBI raid on the home of Cynthia Archer, former Scott Walker Aide when he ran Milwaukee County, and current Scott Walker appointee in Madison, seem to be small potatos. Sure, the FBI seized some files from Archer’s home, and one source is claiming this investigation to be growing. Maybe it is, with Walker denying he has been contacted by the FBI, but also lawyering up with a specialist in white collar crime, Steven Buskupic. But I’m not going to get my hopes up.
Still, my friend Chris Bowers over at DailyKos is reporting on this story, and also offering a little bit of editorial comment. His point is that if this story erupts, it could be devastating for Walker’s chances during a potential recall election in 2012, and I’ll add that public corruption can only hurt the chances of any other Republicans on the recall list. Blindly following Walker will not do them well considering his policies, but if Walker is at the center of a public corruption investigation, that’s going to be a lot worse for a Republican Senator like Van Wanggaard. I’ve known Chris Bowers since 2004, and have shared many a beer with him at the Philadelphia version of Drinking Liberally. He doesn’t speculate lightly, but I’m still not getting my hopes up. Yet.
The problem here is that the FBI is keeping this tight to their collective vests. I suppose that’s what a John Doe investigation is all about, but this leaves the rest of us DYING to know what’s going on. Chill. There will be many more political stories to follow, like people getting arrested in the state capitol for exercising their rights, and if we follow those stories, this one will develop or not while we keep busy.
Still, it’s OK for me to be optimistic here, isn’t it? This story just might break at exactly the right time, after all. . .