The Trial of Kelly Rindfeisch October 15
The last of the the long line of obstructions, pleas, and motions to delay the trial of Kelly Rindfeicsh is finally over. Walker is on the list of witnesses.
The John Doe investigation has gone on since he took office over 18 long months ago, and many of the hot new stories that broke over all those months have cooled, so now might be a good time to revisit some of the major breaks in the investigation so as to make clear the whole scope of malfeasance that falls beneath the label of John Doe. This is about a lot more than a secret email network stuck in a closet in the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office.
Yes. This is about much more.
2 Abandoning Ship!
January 2010 – March 2011
The most ineffectual leader in the State’s History
Regardless of the specific legislative actions he has championed, the speeches he has delivered, or the means he has employed to further his fringe conservative agenda – He is not a leader, he is not “Wisconsin”, he has perpetrated a universally destructive psychological civil war that brings out the very worst in all of us. All of us. Republican, Democrat, Tea party, Union – like a debilitating psycho-political cancer he has left no cell of our social identity unscathed.
Like a cancer, the deep consciousness of humanity has been infected so that good cells of all political identities have divided and multiplied to virulently attack one another, to leave the whole state stricken immobile, flat on its back with the IV tube of investigations, partisan law suites, and never ending protests trickling through our veins with hope to keep us alive.
But, the cancer is movement for control “period”. The early signs of infection; the enlarged tumor of massive demonstration, the radiation treatment of recall elections, the on-going exploratory surgery of investigations looking for John Doe – are all causes of the need to gain control the organism with the effect of ending the attack on the human heart and the life of the victim.
The tragedy is that the function of our Democracy – our constitution, courts, and statutes that define our government – is flat on its back, struggling for life. Our government is hospitalized and dysfunctional fighting this internal disease at a time when we need it the most. And we monitor the vital signs, and we call John Doe and say, “You better come”.
We are tired as we sit silent at the bedside, our eyes meet occasionally in glances that say, “We need a miracle”.
May 14 2010
Wink, 59, announces her resignation
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.
April 11, 2011
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!”
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 association 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.
Aug. 28, 2011
EXIT Cindy Archer, 52, leaves her position as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Administration.
After Cindy Archer’s near East side Madison apartment is ransacked by law enforcement including the FBI, she resigns her office.
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 Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
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.
THREE Separate Investigations On Going in Wisconsin
In any former administration it was news if a single investigation was active to dig at the truth behind suspicious elections, campaigning, or legislative maneuvering. In the Walker administration it is common that two or three such investigations are proceeding at any given time. Below are the investigative activities that were active in his first year of office, and it has not changed.
On going investigation of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was initiated last Spring to question her methods and integrity in tabulating the vote in the Spring Supreme Court Election.
On going investigation by a Milwaukee County prosecutor who is examining allegations that abortion opponents and unions offered rewards for volunteers who signed up sympathetic voters in Wisconsin’s high-stakes Senate recall elections.
On going John Doe investigation since last November examining illegal fund raising, campaigning on the job on taxpayer’s timers, and pay to play rewards to campaign contributors.
What is the common denominator in this cancer of corruption that has sent District Attorneys, lawyers and the FBI crisscrossing the State, raiding homes, and confiscating computer hard drives of the most protected and powerful operatives in our State?
The Evolution of Walkergate will continue with post 3 – The Day of Indictments