Gov. Scott Walker may testify at criminal trial of former aide

Republican Gov. Scott Walker as a witness in the criminal trial of his former aide Kelly Rindfleisch? Yes please!

Gov. Scott Walker may be called to testify as a prosecution witness in the trial of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch, a court filing shows.

Rindfleisch faces four felony misconduct charges for doing campaign work while at her job in Milwaukee County as deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, when Walker was county executive and a candidate for governor.

Rindfleisch is accused of making numerous campaign calls while at work in her county office, which was 25 feet from Walker’s. State law bars public employees from doing campaign work in public buildings or while working a government job.

While Gov. Walker is the highest-profile name on the witness list submitted by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, a number of the names on the list read like a who’s who of Republican Party of Wisconsin movers and shakers.

There’s Brett Davis, Wisconsin’sMedicaid director (appointed by Gov. Walker), along with Michael Huebsch, a former Republican state lawmaker and the current Secretary of the Department of Administration (appointed by Gov. Walker). There’s also Keith Gilkes, Walker’s 2010 campaign manager and former chief of staff at the Capitol, along with Jim Villa, who worked as Walker’s chief of staff during Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive. And no John Doe proceeding would be complete without Cullen Werwie, Gov. Walker’s official spokesperson at the Capitol. You might recall that Werwie has been granted immunity from prosecution in the John Doe probe, so no doubt his testimony will be riveting and informative.


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19 thoughts on “Gov. Scott Walker may testify at criminal trial of former aide

  1. It may be the first time in many years Scott Walker has publicly told the truth, albeit forced to do so under oath and under penalty of perjury.

  2. Will Walker pull the classic defense of an enabler, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” or “I don’t remember” as a co-conspirator?

    1. IMHO, the play here is to flip Ms. Rindfleisch. IMHO, Gimbel is telling her that Walker, Huebsch, and the rest want to, as much as possible, paint her as “one-bad apple,” a once-loyal lieutenant who went against their orders.

      Worth what you paid for it.

  3. Oath or no oath, Walker has no problem lying through his teeth. Like Duane 12 said- “I don’t recall.” I wouldn’t get my hopes up. If anyhting, he’ll let them burn to save his skin. It’s the other’s testimony I would focus on.

  4. I’m not counting on much from Scotty other than a whole lot of taking the 5th and “I don’t recall.” But that’ll be damning enough when the other testimony comes in.

    Scotty’s gonna find out that getting on the witness stand isn’t as easy as Walker’s scripted interviews with RW talk shows. Wonder when the lame-os in our state media get around to admitting the boy they chose is a crook.

  5. Money and Walker and Rindfleisch and Wink and Russell and Wilkes and documented emails (Reince Priebus and Paul Jadin too, maybe?) looks to be a real problem for Walker & Associates. It’s all about the “environment” for job creation. Or is it?

  6. Get a load of which Wisconsin union boss supported WALKER and SUPPORTS RYAN. Local 139, Operating Engineers (road builders), boss Gooch McGowan.

    And yup, this is the same union boss featured here – “Paul Ryan Closely Tied To Corrupt Union Accused of Violently Threatening Dissidents (Updated)” IN THESE TIMES article by Mike Elk, Aug 13, 2012.

    I plan on attending the Rob ZERBAN Genesee, WI mtg in hopes of meeting the candidate that I hope will defeat RYAN. If anyone wants more info on my union boss, see me there.

  7. Does Wisconsin really waste prosecutorial respources on crap like this? They should take a hint from Obama who simply ignored Sec. Sibelius’ documented violation of the Hatch Act.

    I guess the Wisconsin DA would have gone after her big time – oh, wait, they’re both Democrats. Silly me.

      1. And you are consistently concerned about clean government across the board or just going after people with an (R) behind their name?

        1. Clean government is clean government.

          We should all want clean government, regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans are the ones with their hands dirty.

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