Tue May 22, 2012
Barrett presses Walker on John Doe emails
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett is pressing Governor Scott Walker to release any e-mails related to a secret computer network at the heart of an ongoing John Doe investigation. Walker says it's a sign Barrett's campaign is desperate.
News of the computer network surfaced when the Milwaukee County District Attorney charged Kelly Rindfleish with doing illegal campaign work while an employee in the office of then Milwaukee County Executive Walker. The criminal complaint against Rindfleish said she had either sent or received more than a thousand e-mails with representatives of Walker's campaign. The complaint pointed out that her office was 25 feet from Walker's.
Barrett says Walker should release any other e-mails related to the secret computer network so the public can know whether he was personally involved.
"I believe he needs to release these e-mails to the public because people have a right to know before the election what his involvement--if any--was in this scandal," he says.
At a stop in Madison, Walker brushed off Barrett's remarks, calling them an act of desperation.
"I expect in the next few weeks you're going to hear plenty of desperate statements from our opponents," he says. "We're going to stay focused on the facts and we're going to stay focused on our platform for moving Wisconsin forward."
Barrett has also pressed Walker to disclose who's paying for the Governor's legal defense fund connected to the John Doe investigation. Walker has declined, saying he's already disclosed everything he's required to by law.