Just last week we learned that the John Doe probe into Scott Walker’s time as County Executive is over. Before, the “Stand with Walker” folks pop the champagne corks to celebrate, they had best inform themselves of a similar instance in recent history when a similar investigation was closed only to be prosecuted on the Federal level a decade later. Anyone remember Spiro Agnew?
Agnew was a Maryland Republican who was elected Baltimore County Executive in 1962. In 1966 Agnew was elected the 55th Governor of Maryland. (See any similarities?) He became Vice President under Nixon, but during his fifth year in the office, in the late in the summer of 1973, Agnew was under investigation by the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Maryland, on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In October, he was formally charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and Vice President of the United States. Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President.
“The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Opponents will use it to question his judgment, but I think it will fade fairly quickly from the priorities of the public,” UW-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin said.>Host Madison
Charles Franklin, who is a regular guest on “Here and Now”, wet noodle news coverage show for our Wisconsin politics, always pops up to paint a pretty picture of Scott Walker. Now he is quite sure that all this John Doe stuff will die away.
I am sure that much the same was said of County Executive Spiro Agnew back in 1967 when only six years later he was convicted and forced to resign his office.
Who knows what the Feds are up to?
I do not claim to know what the Feds are up to, but I am sure that if and when Walker throws his hat in the ring for high national office we all will find out. I only hope he does so before he runs for re-election of Governor.