It’s widely known Cullen Werwie (pictured, left), Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s spokesperson, has been granted prosecutorial immunity in the ongoing John Doe investigation currently underway in Milwaukee County, an investigation that has thus far resulted in multiple felony charges having been filed against longtime Walker aide Tim Russell, his domestic partner Brian Pierick, and Kevin Kavanaugh, who had been appointed to the Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission by then-County Executive Walker.
Though it’s not known exactly why Werwie was granted prosecutorial immunity, a look back at Werwie’s role in Walker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign might shed some light on why he was granted immunity in the ongoing John Doe investigation.
So let’s take a ride in the not so way back machine……
During the 2010 Republican Lt. Governor race, Werwie worked for the campaign of former Republican State Rep. Brett Davis. After Davis was defeated in the September 2010 Republican Lt. Governor primary, Werwie went to work as the traveling press person for Scott Walker’s gubernatorial campaign. In that role, Werwie would have traveled everywhere Scott Walker went, working in close proximity to Walker, no doubt leaving Werwie privy to most – if not all – of Scott Walker’s communications while on the campaign trail.
So what could Cullen Werwie have knowledge of? Were there more widespread campaign finance violations beyond those that have already been exposed and prosecuted?
Could there have been “pay to play” going on within the campaign?
What about the possibility that Milwaukee County resources (or man hours) were used for the benefit of Walker’s gubernatorial campaign? After all, we all know at least two members of Walker’s inner circle in Milwaukee County government (Darlene Wink and Tim Russell) either blogged, made pro-Walker comments on news sites, or ran pro-Walker websites while on County time.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has said the John Doe investigation is still ongoing, so hopefully we’ll get some answers as to why Cullen Werwie was granted immunity.