Earlier today roughly a dozen federal agents executed a search at a home owned by Cynthia Archer, a top official within the administration of Rpeublican Gov. Scott Walker. It’s been speculated the search of Archer’s home is related to an ongoing “John Doe” investigation in Milwaukee County related to possible illegal campaign activities by members of then-County Executive Scott Walker’s County office. Until recently Archer was the Deputy Secretary in the State Department of Administration, but she had served for several years as the Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Administrative Services during Scott Walker’s tenure as Milwaukee County Executive.
During their search of Cynthia Archer’s home, federal agents were observed taking pictures and removing a large box, which was placed in the trunk of an FBI car.
The search of Cynthia Archer’s home by federal agents is the top news story in Wisconsin today, but it seems pretty clear this story is far from over. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see former Walker administration official Tom Nardelli’s name mentioned in some way, shape, or form in relation to this story. You’ll remember Nardelli also served as Walker’s chief of staff during part of Walker’s tenure as Milwaukee County Executive before being named to a high-ranking position position within Gov. Walker’s administration.
Despite the fact that the raid on Cynthia Archer’s home is a huge story here in Wisconsin today, Wisconsin’s conservative blogs have been largely silent on this story.
- Real Debate Wisconsin? Silent.
- Badger Blogger? Silent.
- Lakeshore Laments? Nope, nothing there.
- “Fairly” Conservative? No mentions there either.
- Wigderson’s blog? Nothing there either, but he did email me to explain that he’s holding off until more information is available.
No doubt if Cynthia Archer were a top official in a Democratic gubernatorial administration (say, Jim Doyle), the conservative half of the Cheddarsphere would be breathlessly posting blog entries about the likely corruption within the administration while attacking Democrats, yet when the shoe’s on the other foot, those folks are quiet as church mice.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As has been pointed out by a commenter, at least one conservative blog (Boots & Sabers) has addressed this story.