|Denial. Not just a river in Egypt.|
Gov. Scott Walker says he isn't worried about a John Doe investigation of his current and former aides.
That's because, Walker said, he is a man of integrity.
"I know that throughout my career - first in the Legislature, then as county executive and now for the last 10 months as governor - I live by the standards I got from my parents," said Walker, whose father was a Baptist minister. "Certainly, they got me to the rank of Eagle Scout, and I continue to have that kind of integrity."(We're wondering where that integrity was when he lied to Congress.)
Bice also quotes someone familiar with the investigation who says,
Every time there's a new witness, this thing sprouts a new branch and heads in a completely new direction.That sounds like code to us for "rampant corruption."
Oshkosh blogger The Chief offers up a comprehensive timeline of the federal investigation into Wisconsin corruption. It goes all the way back to 2005, when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive.
It's hard to know what to make of the investigation. But here's some speculation from The Chief after the news broke about Walker hacks being granted immunity:
This is a completely different ballgame and suggests, not only misappropriate use of public office, but also wholesale corruption and bribery: the presence of Kenneth Lucht (manager of community relations for the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad) on the immunity roster seems to indicate that Walker may have been aware of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co and/or Robert Friebert's plan to launder campaign donations through various employees. If Walker was aware of the scheme, and since the "donations" exceeded the legal limits, this could open up the potential for bribery allegations against the Governor.