John Doe Didn’t Exonerate Scott Walker

Since the announcement by retired Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim that the John Doe investigation around members of Governor Scott Walker’s former County Executive staff was closed, we saw exaggerated weeping and gnashing of teeth on the left and gloating on right…well nothing in the statement from Judge Nettesheim would indicate that either party is correct. Here is a quote of District Attorney John Chisholm about the reason for closing the John Doe:

“After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded,” Chisholm said in a statement. “As a consequence, last week my office petitioned for, and Judge Nettesheim has granted, the closure of the John Doe investigation.”

“I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded.” This doesn’t say that there were no other areas that were investigated and found lacking in proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Doesn’t mean that there may have been other person(s) of interest that weren’t charged within the boundaries of this investigation. And it doesn’t specifically say that ANYONE was exonerated of any crime or criminal activity.

So this little jig and chant from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is just an assumption on his part:

“Gov. Walker once again has done nothing wrong,” said state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). “It’s important to know that this is a complete vindication of what he did and once again a reaffirmation of how he did things right.”

Governor Walker has stated that he was not the target of the investigation…and he may not have been…and he wasn’t charged with anything at all…not even bad judgement in hiring staff…but you always have to wonder when there’s smoke…who’s holding the match?


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9 thoughts on “John Doe Didn’t Exonerate Scott Walker

  1. So, the fact that he was in the state legislature during the state caucus scandal, and set up a system at the county, using county employees to do campaign work, effectively duplicating the state caucus scandal at the county… is all a great coincidence. Got it.

  2. Let’s move on then. Scooter has done lot’s of other illegal things that he needs to be held to account for.

  3. If Walker decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination, does he really think that his opponents won’t hammer him with the John Doe investigation in the primaries? Republican presidential primaries are as dirty as they come. How will he defend himself? “I am NOT guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”, really? How will he explain that he surrounded himself with embezzlers and couple sexual predators who tried to entice a teenage boy into the back of their van with the offer of pornography?. He should hope to get knocked out in the Iowa primary because South Carolina will be a meat grinder.

  4. Forget John Doe. It’s over. Time to focus on how to defeat him in 2014. Where are the viable Democratic candidates?

      1. Ron Kind; my Congressman from 1996 until the recent GOP gerrymandering(I’m now stuck with Duffy). I attended many of Kind’s listening sessions and found him to be great on social issues and a fiscal conservative similar to my political position.

        His credentials are five-star. The only weakness may be he is not well-known in the Milwaukee and Madison population.

        Kind would be my first choice.

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