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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at CPAC 2013.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he hasn't installed a secret email system in the governor's office for conducting campaign business and that he's followed the law when it comes to separating his gubernatorial duties from campaigning, but:
Walker once again refused to say whether as county executive he knew of or used a secret email system set up in his office to avoid public scrutiny.

On Monday he called it a "slippery slope" to answer specifics about the more than 27,000 records released last week, because "once you start on one thing, then there's hundreds of questions on each of those."

He would not say whether he favored releasing all the documents that the Journal Sentinel and other outlets are seeking to obtain.
So far, six people, three of them former Walker aides, have been convicted in the investigation of his time as Milwaukee County executive. But other than claiming that he's running a clean ship as governor, Walker won't talk about that investigation.

Last week, thousands of emails from the investigation were released, including racist jokes emailed in his office. About those emails, Walker now says they were "stupid things that people said along the way."

"Obviously anybody that says something that's out of character with who I am and the people that surround me would concern me. I would guess that any office or any business that had 27,000 emails (released) would probably have a few that people would be less than pleased with out there."
So he was concerned about those emails because people were "less than pleased with" them. Makes sense. And it probably explains why he doesn't want to talk about, let alone release, whatever other emails might be out there related to the investigation.

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  •  Every time he opens his pie hole another lie (15+ / 0-)

    falls out.

    He claimed to know nothing about the secret router and private email system in his County Exec office (yet used it according to the document dump), claimed to not know about staff blogging support for him under anonymous user names (despite an email from him urging them to do just that), and claims to no nothing about any wrongdoing.

    If he was that dumb and clueless about what was going on just feet from his desk, he's not only unqualified for ANY elected office, but not to be believed that these misdeeds aren't going on right now in the Governors office.  

    How would he know now when he claims to have not known then.

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

    by Puddytat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:06:19 PM PST

  •  I'm surprised he hasn't said he was placing (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, llbear

    traffic cones in the street.

  •  This is getting ignored by (6+ / 0-)

    virtually everyone in the national press, and unless something major comes out, that's the way it's going to be. This scandal is real but it is boring - there's no sex, no attractive people involved, no violence, no threats or extortion, not wads of cash handed around. There's just a "private email system". Outrageous? Maybe. Boring? Absolutely.

    •  I wish they'd focus on the misuse (4+ / 0-)
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      llbear, nadd2, Vicky, Matt Z

      of tax dollars.  We, the taxpayers of Milwaukee County, were paying the salaries and paying for the offices and equipment Walker used for his campaign.

      We didn't get the work we were paying them for done.

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

      by Puddytat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:41:18 PM PST

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      •  That may all be true, but (2+ / 0-)
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        we're talking about a presidential candidate. People do not disqualify future Commanders in Chief over small amounts of money spent on their political staff. It may be illegal technically, but voters believe that all politicians do this sort of thing. Every presidential aspirant has some skeletons in their closet, as does Walker apparently. But these skeletons don't add up to a critical mass. The media seems to agree, as (outside of WI) they're not talking about it.

        •  I don't agree because what we are seeing (1+ / 0-)
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          is a pattern of misconduct including setting a tone in the office that makes the sending and receiving racist emails not only acceptable, but encouraged.  

          Add to that running campaigns out of official government offices with official office staff and urging taxpayer paid staff to infest blog sites under anonymous accounts so they could pretend to be just concerned citizens.  It also means that little official work was done for the County because of the obsessive focus on the campaign and fundraising.

          The worst part, though, are the 2 deaths that occurred where Walker and his staff are only concerned about political damage control and keeping the stories out of the media.  There is absolutely no regard for the people who died, preventing future incidents, or any consideration for the families and friends of the victims.  In fact, one of Walkers top aides boasted that there wouldn't be blowback from the death at the Mental Health Centers because "nobody cares about crazy people".

          And all met with the "I didn't know" baloney excuse.  If he didn't know, it means he's so dumb he's not qualified for any elected office.

          Then consider his secrecy, his flagrant violations of our Constitution and laws and you've got a guy too dangerous to be President.

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

          by Puddytat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:49:49 PM PST

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  •  I'm telling you, folks... (8+ / 0-)

    If he survives this, he will come out the other side armored for 2016.

    I was about to say "survives this scandal" -- but it's not a scandal.  It is a style and more of operation for Walker and his cabal -- including his big funders, his big institutional supporters (that would be especially the Bradley Foundation), his lackey state Republican operatives, etc.

    Those of us who have watched this guy firsthand for the last three years know how dangerous he is.  He simply lacks moral sensibility.  He has no qualms about pursuing his own ambition, and sees no ethical dimension to what he does.  This has been characteristic of him since running for student government president at Marquette University.

    This is why not just progressives, but anyone who cares about decency and honesty in government, must pay relentless attention now, and make this stick.  He has committed crimes.  He must be made to answer and brought to account now, before he can do any more damage than he already has.  

    •  Same with Christie.... (5+ / 0-)

      ....we get ahead of ourselves when we predict a downfall.  It's Okay If You Are Republican.

      Vitter: Fuck a prostitute with your wife's name, tell everyone it's between you and god. and to leave you and your family in peace....and then run for Governor of Louisiana and in all probablity, win.

      Spitzer: Fuck a prostitute and resign in shame, unable to get elected dog catcher in New York.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:37:02 PM PST

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  •  Keep pounding this jerk (10+ / 0-)

    The media here in WI are treating this as non-news.  Keep writing, tweeting, linking, forwarding.....whatever we have to do to make sure everyone knows how unethical this man is and how unsuited he is for ANY political office.  Dogcatcher is above him.  He has destroyed WI, and we need to make sure that his political life is DONE.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:28:21 PM PST

  •  "Slippery slope" Walker (4+ / 0-)
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    On Monday he called it a "slippery slope" to answer specifics about the more than 27,000 records released last week
    Answering specifics about anything is a slippery slope when everything that comes out of your mouth is a lie.  So I guess he's got that right.
  •  When Walker makes a statement like the one given (5+ / 0-)

    in the Journal Sentinel interview; one has to look at what he says VERY carefully.  His statement that there is no private email system in the governor's office similar to the one that existed in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive gives him a lot of wiggle room.  "Is" means now...what needs to be asked is "has there EVER been any secret means of communicating  designed to evade FYI requests even if it is different from the one used in your Milwaukee office?"  He is a slippery one, our THUG-Guv!  Rumors swirled that there was a secret system in Madison too...we shall see!

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:31:17 PM PST

  •  Has anyone tried to post the question.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....via, just to see if they get a response there?

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:34:25 PM PST

  •  Not since Marcie Wheeler posted here has there (7+ / 0-)

    been anyone so focused, thorough, and written with such clarity as you, Puddytat. Thank you for all of your work. Never give up, never back down, and never get bored with your research and analysis. There may come that day when a single, innocent statement by one of the Walker gang undoes the whole cabal.

    Thanks again.

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

    by llbear on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:48:38 PM PST

  •  Lady Karma is on the case. (4+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, nadd2, Puddytat, Matt Z

    Just a matter of time before this devious player with the thousand-yard stare takes a ride down the slide, right behind Bob McDonnell.

    ... and, if we're lucky, the bright lights will also be turned on those free buses and sammiches provided the Hoveround crowd by the Kochs during the recall effort.

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