Lost in the hoopla over the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after he took on union rights is an ongoing secret investigation that has already ensnared a handful of the Republican governor's former aides.

The investigation by Milwaukee County's district attorney hasn't resonated with voters, but with the June 5 recall less than three weeks away Democrats have started playing up questions about why Walker created a criminal defense fund for himself and whether the governor might face charges next.

Walker has branded the strategy a "cheap political stunt," but Democrats are banking that the tactic will help them curry favor with the dwindling pool of undecided voters who could turn the election.

"The public deserves some answers as they try to decide who to vote for," said Jeremy Levinson, an attorney for the state Democratic Party. "He just needs to explain what's going on. It's that simple."

Republicans say Democrats are grasping for an edge as polls show Walker pulling ahead of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The most recent Marquette University Law School poll, released Wednesday, showed Walker leading by 6 percentage points after the race was essentially a dead heat a month ago.

"When you're down or your message isn't playing the way you want it to in a tight race, you've got to find something else," said Brandon Scholz, a Madison lobbyist who has worked on a number of GOP congressional races across the country. "You've got to change that message and find something that sticks."

The push to recall Walker began last year after he championed a contentious law stripping most public sector workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Democrats called it an all-out attack on organized labor, but Barrett's easy primary victory over an opponent backed by most of the state's major unions signaled the momentum for the collective bargaining argument may have started to fade.

Barrett moved on to beating up Walker over his inability to create jobs, harping on a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that found Wisconsin lost the most jobs of any state between March 2011 and March 2012.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has been quietly investigating Walker's associates during the governor's tenure as Milwaukee County executive. Chisholm, a Democrat, has set the probe up as a so-called John Doe proceeding, meaning his prosecutors can subpoena witnesses and compel them to testify while barring them from speaking publicly about the case. Five people have been charged so far on allegations ranging from embezzling money from a veterans trust fund to campaigning on county time.

Walker has insisted he's not a target, saying he learned honesty as an Eagle Scout and his county office even alerted Chisholm to the embezzlement. The governor told The Associated Press on Thursday that Chisholm has asked him not to comment on the investigation and he will honor that request.

"Every step of the way ... people see the high standards I have, they see the integrity I have, that remains intact all throughout this," he said.

Nobody has indicated when the investigation might end or who else it might ensnare. However, Walker's state spokesman, Cullen Werwie, who essentially serves as the governor's public face in his dealings with the media, has testified in the closed-door probe in exchange for immunity.

And Walker has created a legal defense fund using campaign contributions. Wisconsin law allows officeholders to create such funds only if they or their agents are being investigated or have been charged with campaign or election violations. Walker has said he formed the fund to cover "expenses incurred in cooperating with the inquiry," but he hasn't elaborated on the probe.

Barrett, who has been jabbing the governor on the investigation for weeks, said Wednesday that Walker needs to clear the air because "when people realize what's going on, they're troubled by it."

Still, the issue hasn't seemed to have gripped voters. Marquette polls conducted since February have consistently shown most people either regard the investigation as politics as usual or don't know enough about it to form an opinion about whether it's truly serious.

"Either he's being investigated or he expects to be charged," said Sachin Chheda, who chairs the Milwaukee Democratic Party. "What kind of position would the state be in if we don't know the facts, there's an election and there's an indictment after the election?"

Dick Frasser, a 74-year-old retired fire inspector from Watertown, said he plans to vote for the governor in the recall, despite the investigation.

"It's typical politics," Frasser said. "Ethically and morally, I suppose he does (need to explain his part in the probe). But they should do this after the election. Prior to it, they're digging up all the dirt they can."

The liberal attack group Greater Wisconsin Committee launched a television ad last week questioning how Walker didn't know what his county employees were doing, and Barrett sent Walker a letter Tuesday demanding he disclose any advice state election officials may have given him that led to him forming his defense fund.

Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said in a statement that Barrett is resorting to political stunts to deflect voters' attention from high unemployment in Milwaukee and his refusal to explain how he would manage the state budget. She didn't address the investigation itself.

Asked Wednesday whether the governor was under investigation, Matthews responded by pointing to remarks Walker has made to the media since January saying people are twisting things, he's not the target of the investigation and he agreed to meet with Chisholm to discuss the investigation.

Scholz, the former Republican operative, said Walker has nothing to gain by responding directly to Barrett. Democrats have run out of issues and are merely trying to put Walker's camp on defense, he said.

"When you're down or your message isn't playing the way you want it to in a tight race, you've got to find something else," Scholz said. "You've got to scratch for an issue. A John Doe is sexy. They'll just throw it out there. If they can force the other side to lose a half-day, that's what they'll do."


METHODOLOGY:

May 26
Marquette Law School
The survey interviewed 600 likely voters in Wisconsin from May 23-26. Margin of error is +/- 4.1 percentage points.

May 22
St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio
The survey interviewed 406 likely voters in Wisconsin from May 17-22. Margin of error is +/- 5 percentage points.

May 13
Public Policy Polling (Democratic-aligned)
The survey interviewed 851 registered voters in Wisconsin from May 11-13. Margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points.

May 12
Marquette Law School
The survey interviewed 595 likely voters in Wisconsin by both landline and cell phone from May 9-12. Margin of error is +/- 4.1 percentage points.

May 9
Rasmussen Reports (Frequently criticized by Democrats as favoring Republicans)
The survey interviewed 500 likely voters in Wisconsin by phone on May 9. Margin of error is +/- 4.5 percentage points.

April 29
Marquette Law School
The survey interviewed 561 likely voters in Wisconsin by both landline and cell phone from April 26-29. Margin of error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.

April 15
Public Policy Polling (Democratic-aligned)
The survey interviewed 1,136 likely voters in Wisconsin from April 13-15. Margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points.

March 27
Marquette Law School
The survey interviewed 707 random eligible voters in Wisconsin by both landline and cell phone from March 22-27. Margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points.

Feb. 26
Public Policy Polling (Democratic-aligned)
The survey interviewed 900 voters in Wisconsin by automated phone interview from February 23-26. Margin of error is +/-3.27 percentage points.

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grumps
grumps

Here's the latest on the Walker/John Doe investigation: It appears the lead investigator in the DA's office on the case, David Budde, has a Recall Walker sign in his front yard, and his wife works for Tom Barrett's brother:

http://mediatrackers.org/2012/05/21/chief-investigator-in-john-doe-has-recall-walker-sign-in-yard-blue-fist-union-icon-in-window/

This would be a non-story except for the fact that Governor Walker's opponents are turning to the John Doe investigation as their only remaining hope before the recall election on June 5th, now that all their other complaints about Governor Walker have failed to produce any change in the polls

Norwood44
Norwood44

rjd. there is another possible answer to your question. they don't have a case. to hope that Walker is indicted in the next three weeks is the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass.

rjd_in_gb
rjd_in_gb

Why hasn't he been indicted, after all these months of on-going G.J. and all the immunity granted, etc?

Maybe they have the goods to indict, but will not present bill of indictment until after the election, as a matter of not wishing to be seen as trying to sway the election. Wouldn't it be a interesting scenario, if he wins, then is indicted, Mitchel wins and takes the Gov seat, and a new election to pick a Gov has to go forth for the November 2013?

It will be interesting if Walker purposely holds several million $ back in his campaign fund, and with that cash it is legal for him to mount a stalling legalese series of appeals and actions to forestall the trial on the theory he is defending his office. I don't know the legality of all that, but it could turn very interesting.

ScottH
ScottH

So, union thugs, after Walker wipes the floor with your last democrat and you realized you wasted all those million$ and have nothing to show, what's your next strategy? Riots? Car bombs?

Norwood44
Norwood44

A distinction. I notice a lot of folks bashing liberals. I don't. I am liberal myself on a lot of issues. Choice. Guns. Gay marriage. Death penalty. Affirmative action. I think there is a difference between liberals and unionists. The unions are for the fixed government status quo. They have a fat deal and don't want it to change. Dems, not liberals per se, want the union deal to remain the same because it is cash flow for the party. But a real liberal would want a better model for our public schools. A better budget and tax model for average citizens. I grew up in the Viet Nam era. The government was not a good thing. Now, somehow, Dems think government is wonderful. It seems to me that their loyalties have been purchased. Food for thought.

braves57
braves57

ALL politicians fall into the same trap when confronted with an issue. When you refuse to discuss the issue or answer questions about it people will think you have something to hide.If you don't give answers people will just make up their own (perception becomes reality) and if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide.

wishiwasgolfing
wishiwasgolfing

Ha Ha Ha, it must really stink to be a liberal these days. Barrett has no issue that he can beat Walker on. The only people that are voting for Barrett are those who hate Walker not because Barrett will be a good govenor. Look at Milwaukee, Barrett has been the mayor for 8 years and he has done nothing to improve the city, as a matter of fact it has gotten worse under Barrett!

powmda
powmda

Who cares? Big Whoop! My crook is better than your crook! My crook can whip your crook! My crook has passed and signed into law all manner of things that are important to me. he has gutted the arrogant parasitic public employee unions. That, in and of itself, would guarantee my vote. But - he went further and got us concealed carry and the Castle Doctrine, along with VoterID !! And my property taxes went down! All the good stuff that the Democrats blocked for years, are now in effect. Hell yes, I am going to vote for him!

fedup363
fedup363

Hey, look at the facts folks. Scooter hires **known** felons. Why would you do that unless you want to utilize their 'talents' for your own purposes. It ain't rocket science.

So, everyone that ever hires a known felon is hiring them to use their "talents" as in using their "illegal talents", right?!?

Here is the edge of reality;
So all the felons that are on work release and hired by businesses all over the state to perform a job are ALL hiring that felon to perform "illegal" things?!

That is a really bad BS political spin job!!!!!
Try again.

Kevin
Kevin

Hey Madison-type progressives... This is ummmm gonna backfire on you also. Just sayin.

deernut00
deernut00

Even those "intelligent" liberals who voted against Walker in the last election realize that the best plan for the state and the spending of millions of "recall" bucks would like to see Walker stay through to the next election cycle. If this recall process works for the dis-satisfied side, then it will become common (standard) procedure for the future of all our state lawmakers. I think most intelligent people do not want to see that happen. Recall should be for a lawmaker who has committed a crime or at a minimum, done something that he/she said they were not going to do.
Gov. Scott Walker has not committed a crime, nor has he reversed anything that he said he would do if elected. The sorry ilk that left the state and holed up in Illinois rather than face the music, were just pouting so decided recall procedures were handy to cause more fuss.
For that reason alone, Walker should be voted to remain in the office of Gov. But more important, he is doing a great job as Governor of the State of Wisconsin and should remain for at least three more years.
If at that time, he hasn't proved himself to the voters, then vote him out.
And the wealthy are not the voters that put Walker into office. This is a left liberal lame argument.
And if it has to do with campaign money, then it is the media that whips up the frenzy, creating the need for advertising money, and walla! that money goes right into their pockets for ads and commercials. They are clever at creating business for themselves. But it is their best kept secret.

GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

The longer I live, the more I love LIFE!!! I can do everything I did at eighteen, just takes me longer. It does take me a little longer to gert whipped up into a frenzy. At eighteen, if you're not a liberal, it has been said, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative after eighteen, the bald faced truth is, you have no head.

Sorry, all you paleo-libs is Makistan.

Viola! all you unionistas are now democrats,.................................not!!! Ask Dave how that AFSCME endorsement worked out for him. Ask Kathleen how she did with the public sector union endorsement.

@deernut00 , an "intelligent liberal" is an oxymoron, as they all march in lockstep. There is not an individual amongst them. Kool-aid drinking lemmings is all they're.

So, you know the difference between deernuts and beernuts? Beernuts are a buck two-eighty, deernuts are under a buck.

Good Dog sez, "you settenum up, we knockem down.

Thanks, Deernuts00.

Veritas vos liberabit.

Good Dog.

midwestguy
midwestguy

Pay no attention to the indictment behind the curtain.

Kevin
Kevin

No Prob... Especially since there will be no indictment

59er
59er

This why Barrett is down 6 to 9 percent in several polls against Walker. Barrett can't run on his failed record as Milwaukee mayor so he has to create distractions. Jobs didn't work, war on women didn't work, and this won't work. Let's face it the taxpayers of this state are fed up and will vote Walker to stay as governor.

nolie
nolie

Where are the Democrat plans for jobs and the economy? What is Backward Barrett going to do?

He has no plan, his 8 year record in Milwaukee is a disaster, he is a tax and spend failed liberal.

Watch this space -Barrett will have the partisan hack running the John Doe investigation out with a headline grabbing story before the election that will prove to have no substance. That is the surprise that Taxing Tom and the slimy Dems have in mind.

tomtom
tomtom

Walker's tenure as county executive of Milwaukee County has been a disaster

notakers
notakers

I said this six months ago and am now hearing others say it. Chisholm is not wrapping up his two year investigation because he does not want it to blow up the dems chances before the election. The fellow who stole from the veterans is a spy working for the dems. The guy is a thief. A spy is not so far fetched.

busybee
busybee

Yeah, those libruls and their sneaky socialist spies. Here there and everywhere.

They're socialist agent even planted a double secret wifi Internet Network Within the County Executive Offices 25 feet away from poor Scooter and Rindfleisch and others were communicating with campaign manager Keith Gilkes, deputy campaign manager Stephan Thompson (now the head of the state GOP), or communications director Jill Bader to name a few.

Sheesh...get a brain

lardheppus
lardheppus

If one of Walker's closest aides is a spy working for the democrats, either Walker is a terrible judge of character, or Walker is also a spy working for the democrats. Now That I think of it, that makes sense considering how he's sabotaging the state of Wisconsin. How better to discredit the GOP than by stealing from veterans, ruining the states economy, and destroying thousands of jobs.

WI Expat
WI Expat

With the reality of digging out of the "great recession" I know this suggestion will not work for everyone but no matter what job numbers you want to believe or if Scott Walker is indicted, wins or loses the recall election, Wisconsin has changed, negatively in my opinion and will remain this way for a long time into the future.

If you don't like this current political and job climate and are sick of the way Walker has divided the state, try Minnesota. Seriously. Minnesota is more progressive than the current Wisconsin atmosphere, unemployment is lower, there are more Fortune 500 company hq's, more *higher paying* jobs and compared to my most recent visit...last weekend, I feel the standard of living here is higher. You'll be rewarded and appreciated more and quite simply, life is too short and the pursuit of happiness sometimes means you need to pursue it elsewhere. And in a few short years you'll be able to watch my beloved Green Bay Packers beat the Vikings in a spanking new stadium...it won't be Lambeau but it'll be a hoot.

Vote with your feet and bring your tax base to MN like many others. Leave the blindly partisan right wingers clinging to their lock step ideologies behind to enjoy the Mississippi of the Midwest. Honestly, no matter what numbers you believe...does it really matter if WI ranks number 50 or number 45 on the job loss list? The cherry picked numbers, accurate or not, don't change the reality significantly. The bottom line is the state is going in a direction of less opportunity, lower wages, more divisiveness and will remain that way for a long time to come. If Walker starts to make good on his "right to work state" promises, unless you're benefitting from the cheap labor, it will get even worse. Why live under a regressive state government that's become the butt of jokes when you can laugh at it from the other side of the border?

As an expat of nearly 25 years, I'm glad to be watching your mess from the outside and I recommend leaving if the option is remotely possible. I used to be proud to claim Wisconsin as my birthplace but it's too embarrassing to bring it up these days.

Bucky01
Bucky01

Yep, lots of repugs on here typing a lot of stuff, but not one is actually saying anything about the legal defense fund nor its reason for existence...I guess your mantra is 'get attention off of the proof that our hero lord governor is a criminal before the people of this state find out and kick his lying a$$ to the curb in a couple weeks'
I guess we'll see how that goes for you

Kevin
Kevin

Bucky, I could bring up charges on you right now... They would be completely false and without merit, however, I could do it, forcing you to defend yourself. It happens every day. Kinda a cool way to distract someone and to smear their reputation, wouldn’t ya say?

dogg
dogg

I question the motives of any person who raises $13M to keep a job that pays $120k.


Norwood44
Norwood44

And the unions have never donated a single nickel to political campaigns. And never, ever to Dems. Come on dogg....everyone knows the union cash machine is every bit as powerful. Here is the more interesting issue. Why has the DMC backed away from Barrett? Where are Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton? They are not in Wisconsin because the state union contracts are indefensible. No one wants to go near them politically. And they can count votes. I also think they are afraid of the rabid union rhetoric emanating from Madison. Crazy people are bipartisan in one way-they scare everyone.

Kevin
Kevin

dogg,

How much did Kohl make in Congress each year? How much did he make in the public sector? Why would he take such a pay cut?

dogg, it's not him spending his own money, it's him spending money from contributors that choose to support him because "they" want him in office. There is a HUGE difference!

magnum1
magnum1

Walker seems to be a cronic liar and also makes things look like he has done a good job. It doesn't take much homework to see who this guy really is. How did he make so many people look like fools to get voted into office?.

midwestguy
midwestguy

Those who are supporting Walker based on a "feeling" (and in spite of his methods) need to rethink their alliance. Should he win, how will they feel when the imminent indictments force him out of office? The indictments will likely stick, and his support base will have to lick their wounds.

libsrlooney
libsrlooney

You can keep hoping I guess. Isn't that all you libs have left?

Kevin
Kevin

Will he win? Yes

Will he be indicted? NO?

Why? Because it’s all a fabricated attempt of the desperate left.

tomtom33
tomtom33

No indictments against Walker have been brought, and you are of the opinion that these non-existent indictments will likely stick?

racedog48
racedog48

Mayor Barrett blows off police memorial: Walker, Van Hollen, Clarke, DA, FBI, US Marshall all there....

PapaLorax
PapaLorax

Maybe he was busy dealing with the no bid contract the city of Milwaukee keeps extending to a Barrett donor. jsonline today

racedog48
racedog48

Maybe he was working on his plan to stop the poop dumps in Lake Michigan

libsrlooney
libsrlooney

I think if Walker wins (no, I have no tarrot cards like some), there will be a wailing and gnashing of teeth in Looneyville and these boards should go pretty quiet. I will show up on June 6th to find out.

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

I realize that lying every time you open your mouth is simply a personality trait for the right wing. Unfortunately, it's still a crime when you're an elected official.

PapaLorax
PapaLorax

Care to offer a hint at what he lied about?

magnum1
magnum1

One thing he lied about is getting rid of our deficet here in Wisconsin. We still have a 3 billion dollar deficet. He just moved money aroung to look like it is gone!

deezus
deezus

Dems are so cute. They start off by starting a recall because of collective bargaining. Then when they figure out that collective bargaining isn't a winning issue for them they shift the focus to jobs. Then when they find out jobs isn't a winning issue for them they shift the focus to a probe in which the Governor hasn't even been charged with anything. They'll probably never come to terms with the fact that they have no winning issues and an empty suit as a candidate.

racedog48
racedog48

Hear the next strategy is Walkers dog pooped on the grass

lardheppus
lardheppus

Should truth in packaging laws require Walker to wear an orange jumpsuit while campaigning?

racedog48
racedog48

Then barrett should were a poop dumped into Lake Michigan

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Tpartywarrior
Tpartywarrior

The TEA Party is holding Republicans to conservative principles like, we can't spend money we don't have. The private sector creates jobs, NOT government, and we judge people by their character, NOT the color of their skin.

Poppie
Poppie

Focus should move to the ecomony. As a direct result of Act 10, over 370,000 Wisconsin people experienced cuts of an average of 8% of take home pay. This took an estimated 900 million dollars in spending out of the local ecomony.

Walker claims a balanced budget while campaigning, but has filed claims with the Federal Government of a significant growing budget deficit in the state to be realized by July, 2013. The Feds certified this deficit projection. As a result, the Feds have approved Walker's plan to increase Badgercare premiums 10 times over. The changes will impact approximately 1.2 MILLION Wisconsinites. LESS MONEY for Wisconsin consumers = less local spending = less jobs/ poor economy/reduced housing market and home values for all.

On a side note, only 25% of Walker's requests to the Feds to reduce BadgerCare were deemed legal.

Currently, I have discovered over 1.6 MILLION people who have or will have great reductions in income due to Walker's plans. I have yet to research retirees, people with disabilities, Medicare/Medicaid recipients, and any other group that could be impacted. I am certain there are more I am not even thinking of. Please point me in the right direction if you are in one of this groups or one I have not mentioned, and I will research.

EVERY group with significant reductions to income greatly hurts the Wisconsin economy, and therefore, all of us. It hurts much greater than the tax savings which we supposedly recieved. (I still haven't had an answer to that... What percentage of Wisconsinites actually had their taxes go down in 2011? Please share if you have a source. Mine went up all the way around, while my home value has gone done due to market conditions).

PapaLorax
PapaLorax

"This took an estimated 900 million dollars in spending out of the local ecomony."

--and Tom Barrett has said he would not change that.

"What percentage of Wisconsinites actually had their taxes go down in 2011?"

--Walker did not cut state income taxes, he held them steady. He provided Act 10 and some communities were able to lower their property taxes because of the savings from Act 10.

If you believe he cut taxes, and because of that we are facing budget problems. You are wrong. First off, the new budget projections are back to black. The state was facing a terrible budget situation (like many other states). He acted in a way that hurt public employees, but saved jobs (and created a much more stable long term picture)...all while holding the line on taxes.

tomtom
tomtom

papalorax - all hot air unless you can cite your sources

Lyman
Lyman

Your logic doesn't really stand up. Considering money used to pay state workers is first forcibly removed from someone else's pocket, then a pay cut to state workers doesn't greatly hurt those who are being robbed. It's not like government takes money and through some sort of alchemy makes it grow and multiply so that the $100 stolen from Joe Blow becomes $1,000 in the pocket of Dr. Marx with no pain or unintended consequences.

That 900 million of spending "taken out of the economy" is actually 900 million not taken out of the economy to pay for state workers, by the way. Government doesn't create jobs or wealth, the private sector does. Government merely steals what is sees fit to steal.

tomtom
tomtom

Government doesn't create jobs or wealth, the private sector does. Government merely steals what is sees fit to steal.

...... and that is why we need to after Federal workers pay and benefits

Tpartywarrior
Tpartywarrior

Collective Bargaining for public employees turns out not to be an issue for the voters of this state. Now the real job numbers come out and it shows Walkers reforms are working. What to turn to next.........? A fishing expedition from Milwaukee's Democrat DA who's probably taking his orders from the Obama DOJ.

Dode
Dode

If Chisholm tries to take any action against the governor before the election, we'll know he is nothing but a lefty hack working in cooperation with the democrat party. That alone would justify an investigation into Chisholm.

Fur94
Fur94

Off topic, did Scholz say the same quote twice (paragraph 6 and the final one), or was that a typo?

Renaissance Man
Renaissance Man

Lib123 - Let's discuss this again in a few weeks. I have a feeling you will be singing a different tune come June 6th.

Toomuchtaxes
Toomuchtaxes

The Democrats need to look a Barrets record as to job gains and losses ????? All this garbage is thanks to the Educators Union not wanting to contribute to Health care and Pension ! Who wants to bring jobs to Wi. with our Democrat old Boys club aditude ????? The republicans also have their shor commings. If Walkers plan is so bad why is Ca. and Ill. looking to do the same thing cutting back on Public Employies. Both states are heavy Democrats. Buy a import and destroy a job.

joe
joe

What a joke. I thought the recall was about Act 10. Then the Dems decide that won't fly, so they change it to jobs. Then they realize Barrett's record isn't anything to write home about either. Then they whine about Walker defending himself in a john doe investigation.

What a laughable stretch. Such a joke. Why don't they just say they are the political arm of the public unions in Wisconsin and they want more tax dollars for the unions? And they don't care if we can afford it or not, union members should not have to pay for any of their pension or health insurance. And if Wisconsin doesn't vote their way, they are going to run and tell mommy.

Please keep up the crybaby strategy. It just shows the depth of substance the Democrat leadership has. Thank goodness most Wisconsin voters are adults.

tomtom
tomtom

and what exactly is the crybaby strategy?

Observer5
Observer5

Part of Scooter's legal defense fund is earmarked for future crimes he plans on committing.

fedup363
fedup363

No Norwood44. The message is that Scotty is trashing the state by taking folks hard earned $$ and giving it to his millionaire buddies. And if you want to stay blind to that fact, that's up to you. You will see the light when it hits you in the pocket as it has for so many low to middle income folk.

joe
joe

Another unionite lie. Maybe you can give some references to your lie? Geez, get some facts.

abby
abby

If he's doing so well on job creation then why don't we here about all these jobs he says he created other then the 30 temp jobs he mentioned down in Waukesha and then says anything about all the plant closings going on in the last year. And what about the right to work state that he and his croinies are planning so we can become a minimum wage state. What about all the hiding he is doing with his legal defense that he wouldn't need unless he has a lot to try and coverup.

joe
joe

Right to work is a good idea. It attracts employers and the employers attract good employees who don't play games. Unions attract slackers who stick around forever. The good union workers don't like the slackers getting away with it, either. Especially since they both get paid the same.

Non union Toyota plants make more than union plants because they don't have to carry the dead weight around. That is what right to work does. The unions obviously have you brainwashed. Try to think for yourself.

The job creation has also been hamstrung by the recall. What company wants to invest here when the Democrats threaten higher taxes? When Walker wins, the floodgates will open and the jobs will flow.

joe
joe

Maybe all the unionites can drive their foreign cars over to the capitol and have a stomping party and ponder how it came to this as they talk about solidarity. Hint: It has something to do with your car. Connect the dots.

ZuRG
ZuRG

Walker's coming to my company next week to grandstand about how we're expanding and (I assume) this is proof that "It's working." Funny part? Same as any business, our expansion is the result of skyrocketing (nation-wide) demand. The company would expand the same even if Papa Smurf was governor, but Walker's trying to take credit for it.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Walker deserves no credit for demand nor does he deserve any blame for a lack thereof.

ZuRG
ZuRG

We agree. Now let's see what he does with it.

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

I think it is perfectly acceptable to compare the legal defense funds of the two candidates just as it is to compare them side-by-side on other issues... Walker is just upset that only he has this issue. I think politicians involved in legal investigations that have resulted in criminal charges against their employees have reason to be asked about the matter:
"What steps has Scott Walker taken to see that his current employees are no longer behaving in ways that push them into being granted immunity to avoid prosecution?"
I'm not surprised a Law School poll would be positive in Walker's favor, the legal profession is thriving sue to Walker and his politics. Heck, Walker's even creating jobs in Illinois for criminal defense attorneys!

everyman47
everyman47

What a perfectly stupid comment,

What steps is Barrett taking to prevent his wife from using her school computer for his political gain? Same stupid question.

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

I think he has set up a legal defense fund and is hiring out of state lawyers... oh wait that's the other guy!

everyman47
everyman47

Another fake issue by the Democrats. Why not campaign on what this recall is really about? Most are afraid the real issue does not resonate well with the hard working folks of Wisconsin that will never see such outlandish benefits. The facts speak loud and clear, State employees still enjoy better wages and benefits that anyone in the private sector could even possibly imagine. Tough to run a campaign on greed. Ever drive in Dane County and count the number of recall Walker stickers on NON-UNION made cars. Tells you a lot about their real loyalty.
Oh, and Barret has never never once said how he planned on ending the deficit. The Emperor has no cloths

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

I'm not sure hard working folks like criminal politicians anymore than the next guy no matter how much money is spent on TV ads by the rich to buy our votes...

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

Imagine that the monied party saying our side is about greed. Have you looked into the groups supporting Walker and the Republicans? They have the most and still want more! Do you think the push this agenda for your and my well-being? Think again. The rich keep getting richer and the money has to come from some where, your and my pocket!

tomtom33
tomtom33

The rich create wealth and jobs. They take nothing from you, and they shoulder a large part of our tax burden.

If you are moving down, look in the mirror. It is not someone else's fault.

joe
joe

blah blah blah. Streeeetch. What about the economy and the budget? That too hard to talk about? We don't want to be the 4th highest taxed in the country anymore. Simple as that. We are tired of being taken to the cleaners by the unions and the Democrats.

Renaissance Man
Renaissance Man

Even the most hardcore out-of-state astroturf Capitol floor sleeping corner peeing blue-fister would have been embarrassed a year ago to know how embarrassing this recall has become. The Democratic Party strategy now reeks of desperation.

June 6th is going to be a great day.

Liberal123
Liberal123

Yes we are looking forward to June 6th when Walker will be busy packing!

Liberal123
Liberal123

This recall is not embarassing, Renaissance Man. It will serve as an inspiration for other states with loonie Governors to do the same thing!

Norwood44
Norwood44

The Dems campaign message? "Scott Walker has been mean to us, so he is bad." Not sure that is going to resonate. Tom, do you have a plan? A message? Anything? Hello?

tomtom
tomtom

Dems campaign message - Scott Walker is a crook

Liberal123
Liberal123

45acp, the collective bargainign rights are not rights endowed by God. When people refer to collective bargaining rights, they are referring to rights tht come under a collective baragining agreement (a legal contract) which was signed voluntarily between an employer and a Union. The good people of Wisconsin understand the concept of a legal contract and they reject your attempt to dilute the issue. It won't work!

Norwood44
Norwood44

And the contract was altered, by a legal vote of the people and the duly elected legislature. Contracts are altered every day. Why can't this contract be altered to better suit those employing the services of the union?

snow
snow

Norwood44: you have a point, the contract is between the union and those employeeing the services of the union: it's members because they are the ones who pay the dues out of their wages. Nice to see that you understand that those of us in the private sector do not have a say in the actual contract of unions and the employers. And unless you are going to fill all the forms (W4, 941,940, W2, 1099, etc) you are not the employer nor do you pay their wages which if you really are a private business owner and employee anyone you would understand this. Doctors are not employees of the hospital, but of another company that the hospital contracts with. We have no say on who the hospital contracts with, nor what their contracts state or if there are alterations. Time to move on from your one trick pony.

joe
joe

Lib - Do you only recognize laws that favor you? Act 10 was passed. The law changed. Deal with it.

45acp
45acp

Ah, there never were any "collective bargaining rights". The public employee unions were given a privilege. They greatly misused it and the privilege was finally taken away from them. Stop misleading the public by constantly referring to "rights" that never existed in the first place.

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

I fail to see how collective bargaining rights has anything to do with Walker's legal defense fund... I want him recalled and I'm not union and I've never had collective bargaining rights. I'm more concerned about a politician that thinks they and those that work for them are above the law.

davea
davea

45acp - Look up the definition of your "privilege". It is a special right!

joe
joe

45acp - right on the money. Children tend to think everything is a right.

tomtom
tomtom

maybe corporate rights can be taken away too

Nav
Nav

The reportsa of Barrett's demise as a candidate are way premature. There are a number of areas Governor Walker is vulnerable on, and Barreet will exploit them to the fullest in the next 2-3 weeks. Don't forget the debates between the two that are coming, If Barrett does a good job, he will expose Governor Walker to the Voters of Wisconsin. There really is not much the Governor can attack Barrett on, not even his record on the city of Milwaukee as the residents of Milwaukee overwhelmingly RE-elected Barrett as their Mayor not long ago. The focus will, and should be, on the Governor's record. After all, it is Governor Walker who is the subject of this recall election, not Tom Barrett!

racedog48
racedog48

Surly you will post the highlights of a losing campaign.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Walker has been exposed like no Governor ever has been. Barrett had his chance to expose Walker less than 2 years ago. Unless something big happens, I don't see anything changing between no and the election.

Ronnie_P
Ronnie_P

Walker insists he is not the subject of the investigation. Why the legal defense fund? It is a perfectly reasonable question.

wishiwasgolfing
wishiwasgolfing

He is being asked to cooperate with the investigation. Anybody would want a lawyer to help them deal with the investigation. Simple as that but I'm sure the Democrats who are desperate will try to make it look like something more.

powmda
powmda

Is this the latest issue of the day? Sounds like rather pathetic desperation to me! Seems like they fling out a fresh gob of mud every day, in some vain hope that something will stick. But none of their issues seem to matter. It appears that Walker's numbers are slowly getting better and Barrett is certainly not inspiring anyone to go out and print yard signs! And, one more under-reported fact that has to be making the Madison Left very upset is that any one of the four Republican US Senate candidates beats Mzz Baldwin! Not a good year for the Dems, eh??

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

Take it however you like but as a former Republican voter I'd say it is a bad year for Republicans when the party moves so extreme to remove Dick Lugar from office. The GOP in WI can't even chose who they support against Baldwin and look at the freak show the Republican presidential race has been. I don't think Mitt even has enough delegates yet, does he? If you can't see your party has been bought by the ultra-wealthy you need to wake up.

everyman47
everyman47

Talk about viewing the world from Rose colored glasses

middleclassmd
middleclassmd

You are right, I should just give up and let the wealthy own me and my family, I should happily accept whatever jobs they create so I can pay taxes since they don't have to...
Go to Forbes.com and see how he last two years have treated the billionaires, they have more now than ever and they are working to get even more for themselves b buying the votes of the middle class right. They lost me.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Dick Lugar is currently 80 years old. If re-elected, he would be 86 when his next term expires. It doesn't matter who runs against Tammy. She loses.

At this time 4 years ago, no Dem candidate for President had enough delegates either.

We'll count the votes before I'll call it a good or a bad year. Two years ago was pretty stupendous for the GOP.

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