On Politics: Walker campaign chief cooperating with John Doe

2012-12-07T11:15:00Z 2013-03-01T18:24:27Z On Politics: Walker campaign chief cooperating with John DoeDEE J. HALL | Wisconsin State Journal | dhall@madison.com | 608-252-6132 madison.com

Keith Gilkes, Gov. Scott Walker's former chief of staff and campaign manager, told reporters Thursday after a forum at Marquette University that he is cooperating with prosecutors investigating Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County executive, WisPolitics reported Friday.

Gilkes did not return a phone message left on his cellphone Thursday.

Gilkes is the latest former top Walker aide to provide information in the ongoing John Doe investigation that has resulted in convictions for four former Walker associates for illegal campaign activity and embezzlement.

Also cooperating are Walker's current spokesman, Cullen Werwie, and past spokeswoman, Fran McLaughlin; and his former chief of staff in Milwaukee County, Tom Nardelli.

According to the online news site:

Gilkes told reporters that he "had no knowledge" of a private wireless router system that allegedly was part of a secret email system in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. 

Asked if a similar router exists in the state Capitol, Gilkes became angry.

"That's just absurd, I'm done," he responded and walked away. 

Gilkes also was asked about court documents released in the sentencing of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch that showed daily conference calls between Milwaukee County staffers and Walker's 2010 campaign for governor.

"It was simply a scheduling and mechanical process element balancing the work of elected officials and the campaign at the same time. You have to make decisions about who's assigned what responsibilities, whether they be political or their official duties," WisPolitics quoted Gilkes as saying.

“And at all times, (Walker) has to be available for contact by official office or the campaign. It was an opportunity to explain where he could be reached." 

Gilkes was quoted as saying he couldn't comment any further on the investigation being conducted by Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf "because of my cooperation with the DA."

“I'm not going to comment on that," Gilkes was quoted as saying. "It's part of the legal proceeding that I'm not allowed to talk about." 

Gilkes also told WisPolitics that he's no longer working for Walker.

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(6) Comments

  1. TheJudoon
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    TheJudoon - December 07, 2012 11:04 pm
    LOL. Just LOL. (smile)
  2. array1
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    array1 - December 07, 2012 4:11 pm
    Walker the hypocrite:

    "With Walker on hand, son used same-day voter registration in GOP primary"

  3. motherlode
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    motherlode - December 07, 2012 12:25 pm
    Yeah, he got angry because it's probably true !

    "He who lies down with dogs gets up with fleas"
  4. Nav
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    Nav - December 07, 2012 11:44 am
    The question is whether the people who "say" they are cooperating with the DA are telling the truth, nothing but the whole truth...or are they still concealing relevant information? Only time will tell.
  5. reasonable111
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    reasonable111 - December 07, 2012 11:34 am
    Doesn't sound much like "cooperation"!
  6. ems1
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    ems1 - December 07, 2012 11:29 am
    If the WSJ keeps digging up these stories, we'll start believing our politicians are corrupt!

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