Yesterday Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported authorities have made the first arrest in the John Doe investigation that was first initiated after it was revealed that Darlene Wink, a staffer in then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s office was using her work computer (on work time) to post internet comments supportive of Walker’s gubernatorial campaign and critical of his opponents.
After the John Doe investigation into Wink began, it quickly widened to include Tim Russell, a former Walker campaign staffer who was then working as Scott Walker’s hand-picked county housing director, and earlier this year the Madison home of Cynthia Archer was searched by law enforcement. Archer, a political appointee in Gov. Walker’s administration, had previously served under Walker during his time as County Executive.
According to Bice, on Tuesday law enforcement officials arrested Andrew P. Jensen Jr. (pictured, right), a commercial real estate broker with Boerke Co. and past president of the Commercial Association of REALTORS Wisconsin, and sources told Bice Jensen was arrested for refusing to cooperate with the long-running John Doe investigation by Milwaukee County prosecutors. According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s inmate locator, Jensen is still in custody but no formal charges have been filed against him.
It’s worth noting Jensen was a minor contributor to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, having donated $850 to Walker, while his fellow Boerke Co. employees gave a total of $12,150.
It will certainly be interesting to find out what exactly Andrew Jensen knows that he’s so unwilling to share with investigators, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with this John Doe investigation.