To say the ongoing John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County is getting awfully close to Republican Gov. Scott Walker would be an understatement.
Last year staunch Walker ally (and prodigous fundraiser) William Gardner was charged and ultimately convicted of two felonies relating to excessive and improper donations to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign.
Just a few weeks ago, longtime Walker aide and confidant Tim Russell was charged with multiple felonies he committed while in the employ of then-County Executive Walker, and at the time the charges against Russell were announced it was made clear the John Doe investigation was still ongoing.
So will we see any additional charges filed as a result of the John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County? I think the answer is yes, and if I were a betting man I’d wager the next set of charges will be filed against Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleisch. You’ll remember Wink as not only the former Vice President of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, but also the constituent services coordinator for Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive. Wink was outed for posted pro-Walker, anti-Mark Neumann & anti-Tom Barrett comments on JSOnline.com from Milwaukee County computers during her work hours.
While you may not have heard of Kelly Rindfleisch, she worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff in Walker’s County Executive office, and she also has ties to current Walker administration spokesperson Cullen Werwie, as both worked for the failed Lt. Governor campaign of Brett Davis in 2010. Werwie, you’ll remember, has been granted prosecutorial immunity in the ongoing John Doe investigation, and it will be interesting to see if his connection to Kelly Rindfleisch is more than just superficial.
Here’s a copy of Kelly Rindfleisch’s LinkedIn profile:
Capper over at Cognitive Dissidence has his own take on this that’s definitely worth a read.