Wisconsin is making news again concerning its favorite Eagle Scout. According to reports, Governor Scott Walker and his political practices are in question once again, and this time he may bit of hot water, as the result of what some might call being at “the wrong end of the probe.” Walker is now making headlines, and is under suspicion for allegedly allowing aids, who were being paid “on the clock” by taxpayers, to engage in private work for the Wisconsin governor.
Some 1,400 emails are said to have been sent by the governor’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly Rindfleisch on “company time.” However, it may be the case that it was not Scott Walker’s company who was paying for it. Also, she is said to have sent over 2,100 emails to Walker campaign officials alone. Rindfleisch pleaded guilty in 2012 for doing private political fundraising on the taxpayer’s dime.
Additionally, Walker still may not be out of harm’s way even if the emails do not indicate the governor in any foul play. There is now suspicion arising as to whether his 2012 recall campaigning could point to any illegal activity surrounding the way he coordinated with other independent conservative groups
Walker, in an interview on Fox news, did not deny that he may in fact have had eyes on the 2016 Presidential race. He spoke about his states nearly $1 billion surplus, after a $3.5 billion budget deficit. However some folks believe it might be something easier thought about than actually done. Some viewers are reminded of the negative impact made on New Jersey Governor Christie and question whether Scott Walker could be in line for similar dismissal of any presidential aspirations.
The Governor has had quite some history of people he has hired getting arrested. Not only has his ex-Deputy Chief of Staff been in trouble with the law, but another appointee of Walker’s, Kevin Kavanagh, who he ordered to be the Treasurer of the County Veterans Service Commission has now served jail time as he and others stole money that Walker helped to raise for veterans. The investigation was about the Governor before his 2010 election, when he served as Milwaukee County Executive and has been responsible for the conviction of six people including aides and others helping him.
News shows Wisconsin democrats are excited about the possible bad publicity for the governor, in hopes that it may illuminate a path them and future election.
Walker has been very adamant about his pro-life views. He has been against abortion in all cases including incest and rape. He has not favored plans to increase mass transit, and is a backer of welfare reform. Also, he has what some call a reputation for being “hard on criminals,” possibly due to the 1999 Truth-in-Sentencing bill he helped to pass, forcing prisoners to complete their entire sentences with no time off for good behavior.
When Scott Walker was elected Governor in 2010 he promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term by way of tax breaks, but some questioned the type of tax breaks, and whether they would really help all of Wisconsin’s citizens or just the wealthy by giving the most beneficial income tax cuts to those in the upper bracket.
By Aaron Thompson