Meet John Doe – in Wisconsin

Opening lines of “The Tempest” – William Shakespeare

SCENE I. On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise

of thunder and lightning heard.

Enter a Master and a Boatswain




Here, master: what cheer?


Good, speak to the mariners: fall to’t, yarely,
or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.

Is the John Doe investigation that has been on going since Walker took office unfolding a plot befitting of Shakespeare with storms at sea and treachery plaguing the ship of State?

Act I – Scene 1

May 14 2010

ENTER Darlene Wink, constituent services coordinator for County Executive Scott Walker.

Using a pseudonym, Wink posts about 70 comments on Journal Sentinel blogs and stories since the previous October – most of them praising her boss, touting his gubernatorial bid or ripping his two opponents, Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett and ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, a Republican.

The vast majority of these are done while she is on the clock for the taxpayers and the county. Wink’s payroll records are requested to determine whether she is doing political work on county time.

Wink, 59, announces her resignation two hours later.

Act I – Scene 2

April 11, 2011

ENTER William Gardner president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad.

Gardner, a major donor to Gov. Scott Walker. is charged with funneling more than $60,000 in illegal campaign contributions through his railroad employees over five years.

William Gardner, Co., pleads guilty to two felony counts
Read story in JS
But Mr. Gardner dose not go unrewarded. Read about the money his railroad receives from the the State Coffers in grants. “Walker Rail $$$$ Whoooooops!”


Act II – Scene 1

Aug. 23, 2011

EXIT Tom Nardelli state Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services

Tom Nardelli abruptly quits his state job with Gov. Scott Walker in late July, pulling the plug on his $90,000-a-year position just days after accepting the post.

His resignation ends more than 3½ years of close asssociation with Walker, including three years as his chief of staff when Walker was Milwaukee County executive.

Nardelli speaks of the reason for his resignation by saying he is leaving the post as administrator because he decided it would be unfair to keep the job knowing he planned to resign soon anyway. “I was toying with leaving at the end of September,” he said. He picks the exit date because it is the 100th anniversary of another state division Nardelli led – Safety and Buildings. He held that job for the first six months of Walker’s tenure as governor.

Act II – Scene 2

Aug. 28, 2011

EXIT Cindy Archer, 52, leaves her position as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Administration.

She had held the job, which paid $124,000 per year, for eight months.
A top official in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration confirms this week she is taking a leave of absence. Read the full story in the Green Bay Press Gazette

At the end of Act I – Scene 2, the sudden departure of two of Walker’s long time associates from high paying and powerful positions leave the audience in a hush of suspicion as to their true motives. Their flimsy explanations seem a thin veil for some deeper more pressing cause for abandoning ship.

Musical Interlude

As the lights go down, the house reverberates with the “Michael Best & Friedrich Symphony” as peformed by partners who include Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee who have been endowed with special counsel contracts from Walker who is paying up to $300 an hour to $395 an hour. Follow the musical score. Read post: “Sexually Active – Conjugal Machines in Wisconsin”


Here remains the place in time where I know not what is to come.

Prospero – The Tempest

In this last tempest. I perceive these lords
At this encounter do so much admire
That they devour their reason and scarce think
Their eyes do offices of truth, their words
Are natural breath:


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