Inside Walker’s Campaign/County Coverup
indictments and prosecutions, we learned how clearly his county staffers were
doing political work on the job.
Now, with the release
of additional John Doe emails relating to the O’Donnell Park tragedy, we’re learning how
much his campaign dictated terms to his county aides.
I just sifted through
most of the roughly 1,000 pages of the emails and it’s pretty shocking how
campaign and county staffers used their personal email addresses as a way to
work together while evading scrutiny via open records requests.
Here’s how the
Someone, typically a
reporter, would email Fran McLaughlin, Walker’s spokeswoman, a question. Fran
would forward it to a generic personal email address – franmclaughlin@
something [the second half of the email address has been redacted]. She would
then forward it to her “gopfran” email account. From there she would email
Walker at his campaign, top county staffers via their personal email accounts,
and top Walker campaign staffers.
And WHALLAH! the
email trail would vanish from the county’s email records.
took a look, of course.
No wonder why
McLaughlin, currently working for Sheriff David Clarke, had to ask prosecutors
for immunity. She was the linchpin of the whole operation. (Read Graeme’s take
on Fran here.)
As I read through the
emails, I almost felt sorry for Fran. Almost—until I realized that what she was
doing was highly unethical if not downright illegal.
It looks like she
couldn’t respond to any queries without getting approval from Walker and/or his
campaign aides. And Keith Gilkes, Walker’s campaign operative, was dictating
how Walker would be presented after the O’Donnell tragedy. Apparently Walker
was taking his cues from Rudy Giuliani’s book on handling 9/11. (My god, Walker
thinks highly of himself.)
The truly ironic
thing is that these politicos, and their county counterparts on their personal
email accounts, were bemoaning the “politicization” of the tragedy. Typical
I’ll have more details soon.