Cullen Werwie

Gov. Scott Walker's spokesman Cullen Werwie, seen in this February 2011 file photo, has been granted immunity along with two others in an investigation involving the governor's current and former aides.

CRAIG SCHREINER — State Journal

When the home of one of Gov. Scott Walker’s longest serving and closest aides was raided by the FBI and other law enforcement officials two weeks ago, the governor’s press secretary refused to discuss the raid.

Cullen Werwie said he would have no comment on the extension of a John Doe inquiry being conducted by the Milwaukee County district attorney to include Cynthia Archer. Archer was Walker’s chief aide when he served as Milwaukee county executive, and moved to state government as a top political appointee in the Department of Administration and point person in the assault on collective bargaining rights for state, county and municipal employees and teachers.

But Werwie is talking in a different venue — or, at least, he’s willing to talk.

After he refused to level with the press and the people on Archer, it was revealed that the governor’s press secretary had accepted immunity in what has turned into the most sweeping scandal ever associated with a Wisconsin governor.

It turns out that Werwie, who joined Walker’s gubernatorial campaign after last year’s primary and then became a key aide to the governor, accepted immunity in the John Doe probe of official corruption on April 14 of this year.

The link to Werwie raises new questions about the extent to which this inquiry is examining the actions of Walker aides and allies during the transition and the current administration.

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That’s a very big deal.

Yet, Werwie did not disclose the fact of his immunity agreement when questioned about the John Doe probe. He chose to lie by omission.

It was a shameless act. With it, Werwie shed what remained of his credibility.

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