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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at CPAC 2013.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doesn't want to talk about the trove of emails released last week from the secret political email system that was installed in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive because:
“If you look at the facts out there, this is old news. This is about a case that was closed last March. A Democratic district attorney in Milwaukee County spent multiple years looking at all this information,” the Republican governor said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Except the emails were just released on Wednesday. Yes, they were sent nearly four years ago, but they are just being made public now. That's pretty much the opposite of old news. Yet Walker won't answer the question that people in Wisconsin have been asking:
Walker declined to answer whether he personally used a secret email system, saying instead that the case was over. “You had a Democratic district attorney spend almost three years looking at almost every single of one those communications, interviewing people, talking to people and closed the case last March,” the governor said.
Here's the thing: If it truly is old news, why hasn't he already answered the question?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:30 PM PST.

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  •  Walker looked like a deer in headlights (18+ / 0-)

    When Chris Wallace ask him about these email on Foxnews  Sunday ,you should check  out his response

  •  He has LIED. Plain and simple (9+ / 0-)

    Walker repeatedly denied any knowledge of the ILLEGAL secret network 20 feet from his desk.

    Now it turns out he, Walker, was directing both the county-paid staff and the campaign staff, sending and receiving those emails himself.

    Suddenly he is no longer answering questions from Wisconsin media, only avoiding them.

    From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal:

    Scott Walker won't say whether he knew of or used secret email system

    Washington — Speaking to reporters Friday for the first time since the release of thousands of previously sealed documents, Gov. Scott Walker declined to say whether he knew of or personally used a secret email system in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive.

    Walker makes Chris Christie look clean.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:38:00 PM PST

    •  Sadly (1+ / 0-)
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      he seems to be telling the truth about having gotten away with it.  Those questions should have been directed to the prosecutors who declined to charge him.

      Is there any hope at all that he'll be indicted in John Doe II?  Are these emails relevant to John Doe II?

    •  You think that using a Yahoo! (1+ / 0-)
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      personal account is worse than the things that Christie's staff has done? Intentionally creating a massive traffic jam for days, extorting local politicians to curry favor for lobbying clients, and covering the whole thing up is about 100 time worse in my book than using an email system you are not supposed to. If we are going to defeat Walker based on a scandal I sure hope we come up with a more meaningful one.

      •  Cover-ups and racism (4+ / 0-)
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        nadd2, badscience, Mike Kahlow, JVolvo

         Did you miss the parts where Walker ordered that lawsuits over negligence deaths at the County Mental Health Center (which he defunded) be covered up till after the 2010 elections? Or the cover-up of a teen getting crushed by falling concrete, and having HIS FUTURE CHIEF OF STAFF try to coordinate stories for political reasons?

           Then add in the racist emails from his staff (and the fact that Scotty kept them on his team), the Astroturfing of comments on websites and other propaganda, and the fact that this is mere appetizer to the main course of Koch connections.....yes, this guy is definitely in the Christie league, with less competence.

      •  Hundreds falsely arrested at the state capital (4+ / 0-)
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        for singing

        or watching singing.

        Detained, dragged away, harassed at home and at work,

        Secret midnight Assembly sessions,

        shouting and screaming to cut off debate (one example below)

        Just to name a few.

        Under Walker "administrative rules" (later ruled unconstitutional), a visiting family of five could be arrested for joining in singing.

        Although the Wisconsin Constitution guarantees the Capitol Rotunda shall be open to all, when the Walker administration went on lock-down they basically destroyed the gorgeous architecture by drilling and bolting all the windows shut amongst other things.  Then tried to bill protesters for $7 MILLION in damages which didn't exist.

        If you think this is about a Yahoo email account, you have no clue what has been going on the past four years in Wisconsin.

        "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

        by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 04:28:07 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Such a Good Point, Eman (2+ / 0-)
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          Eman, JVolvo

          When I try to explain to non-Wisconsinites about the past three years, the point where I start screeching incoherently (and friend backs away) is when I say the substance of what these people are doing is bad enough -- hurting families, wrecking the environment, decimating education,  and on and on -- but the process!!! Their flagrant violation of every democratic (small d) principle  -- in addition to the suppression of the protests, they breach open meeting laws, they exclude or silence opposition legislators, they conduct business under a cloak of secrecy, they drew up the horrendous redistricting in secret in the Republican leadership's favorite law firm.  This is what is makes a life-long Badger wail.  Or snarl.

          •  Even us Illinois flatlanders snarl. (2+ / 0-)
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            JVolvo, Jake formerly of the LP

            Proud to be a flatlander, but I have been escaping to Wisconsin for more than 60 years.  

            I am fortunate enough to share a family cottage in the Northwoods (on which my property taxes have gone UP three years in a row under Walker "reforms" while my year-round neighbors who are teachers and public service workers have lost wages. Hmmm, something wrong there).

            So I wail twice.  Once because FitzWalkerStan is NOT working.  It is destroying Wisconsin.  And twice because I can't vote against them.

            Both the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly leadership are embarrassments to democracy - and all in close collaboration with the governor's office.

            I don't try to explain most of it to wingnuts.  One has to see it all to believe it.  The videos above explain far better than any of us ever could.

            Thanks for posting.  Please keep rec'ing up diaries, posting, emailing to friends, and using social media to get the message out.  

            Exposure to daylight is what will destroy them.

            "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

            by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:42:01 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  All that stuff has resulted in (0+ / 0-)

          Walker being one of the Top 3 GOP presidential candidates. We're talking here not about what would make him unpopular with liberals or unions, but instead what would ruin his presidential chances. This is not supposed to be a discussion of how much WE don't like him, it is supposed to be a sober assessment of the man's chances, and whether this mini-scandal is really something that would cause people to not vote for him for president.

          •  Sober analysis may be YOUR agenda (2+ / 0-)
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            Arkenstark, JVolvo

            bot not mine.

            My agenda has nothing to do with how I feel personally about Scott Walker.

            I believe in democratic government.  I don't like to see democratic principles deliberately destroyed.  As a result, I do want to see him out of his current office and not a serious candidate for any other.

            I do hope that I am helping others to see how Walker and his like-minded cronies have handled (or manhandled) democracy in Wisconsin, especially since the Walker style of "leadership" has had very little exposure both within and outside the state.

            Viewing the latest document dump with blinders as "this mini-scandal" is exactly how Walker has skated past every issue since his first election (in a recall election, no less, something he now condemns) and hopes to skate past this one.

            So I do hope that readers here will read the stories and view the videos as a part of the larger context before making their own sober assessments.

            "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

            by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 07:10:47 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Nobody here likes Scott (0+ / 0-)

              Walker. This is DailyKos. It's not about educating people here, or getting them to fully understand his nature. We're talking about politics, about whether any of the stuff he's done amounts to him being a compromised candidate. For presidents, people vote based on larger issues than a candidate's treatment of public unions or his using of Yahoo!Mail when he wasn't technically supposed to. Come on, this stuff is really not even close to what it takes to disqualify someone. Not yet at least.

              •  That is where you totally miss the point. (2+ / 0-)
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                libbys mom, JVolvo

                1.  Not everyone here is a political junkie.

                2.  Not everyone here has been around as long as you or I have.

                3.  Your micro focus on Yahoo is only one way to look at the Walker issues.  Based upon that alone, I agree with you that single issue has less relevance to presidential qualifications.  However, since Walker DID lie about both the existence of and his use of the secret network, it does have some relevance.  How much is for the individual reader to decide for him or herself.  Obviously you have already decided and that's fine.

                4.  Newbies here DO appreciate learning the context within which this is occurring.

                Not that I'm any great shakes in the blogosphere.  I know who I am and how much and how little influence I have.  However, I received the following comment on another Walker thread after I posted some history and Walker videos, which made my day of on-again, off-again blogging totally worthwhile.

                What An Education (2+ / 0-)

                This is especially for you but also goes for all the other posters who commented. This explains more to me than every other major news organization I've read or seen.

                Thank you for educating me on this.

                If that poster, a newbie, shares with one other person, especially in Wisconsin, then I have one small victory.  If s/he remains here and becomes active, then two small victories.  I truly believe that is how change is made.  Education is change.

                The beauty of this site still is that not everyone views what goes on here through the same lens.

                "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

                by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 09:25:22 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

              •  I'll waste a smidgen of my life to play your game. (0+ / 0-)

                This matters to Walker's presidential hopes: John Doe I = 6 convictions, 5 of whom were county/state employees and/or direct Walker appointees; 6th was Walker donor (2 felonies).

                Skip past the Chuck Todd vid and read starting here:

                Kelly Rindfleisch was convicted of illegal campaign activity for working on the 2010 lieutenant governor’s campaign...

                Current John Doe II is direct result of information found in John Doe I and includes investigating illegal coordination between Walker admin and third party groups during 2011-12 recall process. Stay tuned...

                Thanks for your concern.

                "But I do apologize, JVolvo, for you are arbiter of all that can and cannot be discussed and I bow down to your supremacy when it comes to what can be written on this website." WinSmith 1/22/2014 - "OK" JVolvo 1/23/2014 (sorry, Clive)

                by JVolvo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:22:57 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

      •  and of course the fine Senate leadership... (1+ / 0-)
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        "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

        by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 04:31:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Imagine: setting up a special Wi-Fi network... (1+ / 0-)
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        …it's not as if they did NOT know they had set up a special Wi-Fi… Even Walker needed a to connect to it and use a password...

        •  Dude, we're talking about (0+ / 0-)

          who people will choose to make decisions of war and peace. They're not going to disqualify one of the two candidates just because he broke some rule related to IT. Half the people in the U.S. use or have used Yahoo! mail. They're not going to hold it against him for doing what they do themselves.

  •  his eyes sparkle like two charcoal briquets (7+ / 0-)
  •  You've just got to wonder (3+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, 3goldens, Stude Dude

    How Walker and his ignorant ilk would react if they woke up one morning and discovered that the Good People of Wisconsin had decided to "go all Ukraine" on his sorry selfish hide....

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:42:39 PM PST

  •  Whoops, he slipped up (11+ / 0-)

    he said "Democratic" not Democrat. He is obviously not pure, a RINO.

  •  "Governor Walker, what about the recent evidence (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, navane50mg, badscience, ptanow

    that, while in college, you murdered 273 children and buried them in shallow graves?"

    "That's old news".

    Purity is for primaries; in the general, our worst are better than their best.

    by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:47:51 PM PST

  •  Benghazeee Governor.....What did you know and (1+ / 0-)
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    when did you know it??

    •  Monica Lewinsky (2+ / 0-)

      According to Scott Walker's old buddy, Reince Preibus, Bill Clinton's affair is "fair game"--even though it's a lot older than the emails.

      "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

      by NCJan on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 04:32:31 PM PST

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  •  I remember when the great Ahnold was (2+ / 0-)
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    elected in CA after that disgraceful recall. He was asked about
    his many affairs and grabass with scores of women. He said in passing, "That's old news."

    Of course, everything old is new again. He had a love child with his housekeeper while all this was going on.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:50:37 PM PST

  •  Did he use that secret e-mail system or didn't he? (4+ / 0-)
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    Eman, blueyedace2, navane50mg, JVolvo

    It's a simple question, and one that needs to be answered.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:53:13 PM PST

  •  During the John Doe he said he couldn't (10+ / 0-)

    talk about it because it was "secret" and now it's old news.

    He owes Wisconsin an explanation:

    Was he so clueless and dumb that he didn't know what was going on feet from his office (therefore unqualified to hold office) or was he the ringleader (criminal).

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:56:20 PM PST

    •  He said in the video (3+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, badscience, Puddytat

      that he turned a budget deficit into a billion dollar surplus.

      He keeps using that word, surplus.

      I don't think it means what he thinks it means.

      Is he lying about the deficit/surplus also?

      We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

      by Patriot4peace on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 03:04:07 PM PST

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      •  Definitely lying (1+ / 0-)
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        This is a guy who took federal settlement money intended for people illegally foreclosed on and rolled it into the budget to plug a big deficit, who has borrowed so much money (and hidden his massive borrowing like he did when he was County Exec) to balance his budget that I fear the day the note comes due, and sucked so much money out of public employees and social programs that the state is near the bottom in terms of economic growth in order to give more and more to his donors.  

        His surplus is smoke and mirrors like the "surplus" he always claimed in Milwaukee County when re-election year came up.  His funny math, much like the funny math he uses to show how many jobs he "created", is at work again.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 04:36:30 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  In addition, he added to his "surplus" (1+ / 0-)
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        by moving our Medicaid eligibility from 130% of poverty level to 100% of poverty level kicking 92,000 Wisconsinites off Medicaid.  Sadly, these folks are up shit creek because they're now too poor to qualify for the subsidy in the ACA - a flaw in the law because people that poor should have qualified for Medicaid and not needed the subsidies.

        What a heartless schmuck.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 04:40:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Old news (5+ / 0-)

    Benghazi is old news
    Monica is old news
    Iran-Contra is old news
    Watergate is old news

    This is fresh, relevant, and should not be compared to the Whiskey Rebellion, or what those hooligans in Boston were doing dressed up like Natives throwing tea in the harbor.

    It's only "old news" because Snotty says it is, and that - by a long shot - is not good enough reason to ignore it.

    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:57:26 PM PST

  •  and then there are the quality people he selected (4+ / 0-)

    to run his office while he "knew nothing."

    Scott Walker Emails: Former Top Aide Wrote 'No One Cares About Crazy People'

    Wednesday's release of thousands of pages of emails from Scott Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County Executive show a former top aide wrote that "no one cares about crazy people."

    Back in 2006, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the death of Cindy Anczak. The 33-year-old woman died of starvation complications while being treated at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex for bipolar disorder.

    According to the Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, Anczak's parents filed a legal complaint in October 2010, which was brought by Walker staffers to the attention of then-Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly Rindfleisch...

    But Walker's judgment of character is "old news" so it obviously doesn't count.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 03:00:33 PM PST

  •  I'm Sure that Scott Walker (4+ / 0-)
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    has a perfectly reasonable explanation for a secret
    E-Mail system in his office.

    I'm looking forward to the day when He has to opportunity
    to explain every little detail.

    Under Oath.  On the Witness Stand.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 03:07:07 PM PST

  •  And yet our local fishwrap (5+ / 0-)
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    raincrow, Stude Dude, Palafox, nadd2, JVolvo

    queried via reader poll about this issue and 60% responded with "not paying attention to it/much ado about nothing."  I know it is just a readership poll, but still is disheartening.  Add to it, TV commercials already running slamming Mary Burke for causing job losses and skyrocketing deficits when she worked in the Doyle administration.  Oh the irony.

  •  Translation (5+ / 0-)
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    I don't feel like talking about this because it makes me look bad.  Next question.

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 03:31:40 PM PST

  •  look forward (0+ / 0-)

    don't look back. It's an angle that has worked before.

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 03:50:28 PM PST

  •  So why does he continue to be elected? (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    Outside of Madison, of course.

    "Life is short, but long enough to get what's coming to you." --John Alton

    by Palafox on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 03:50:37 PM PST

  •  Hiding behind criminal defense attys is not (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    old news.  Wow, a sitting governor's defense is that he did not get charged.

    And i am guessing those attorneys told him not to talk about it....that is the reason for the wall of silence!

  •  he's right ya know. (0+ / 0-)

    he won.  He's the governor still.  His rules until someone else is elected.

  •  Well, if you say so, Scott... (0+ / 0-)

    It's not as if you had a habit of bullshitting your constituency...

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