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Scott Walker Wanted Daily Political Call Between Campaign And Office Staff

February 19, 2014

Some Republicans want to pretend there is no reason to look into the 27,000 pages of emails that were released today, as they wish for all the headlines to go away.  But I think the public wants to know about the real nature of those we elect, and more importantly have a right to know.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) instructed a top aide to organize a daily conference call that involved both official and campaign staffers when he was executive of Milwaukee County in 2010, according to documents released publicly for the first time Wednesday that could complicate Walker’s future as he eyes another term and a possible run for president.

In April of 2010, Walker’s then-chief of staff Thomas Nardelli sent an e-mail from his personal account to both county staff and campaign operatives indicating Walker wanted to begin a morning conference call to review the day’s events and improve coordination.

“This is an e-mail where Nardelli informs this group of people that the County Executive has asked that we conduct a daily conference call,” according to 2010 testimony from David Budde, the chief investigator in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.


  1. Solly permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:28 PM

    D.B., on their own dime, on their own time, fine. Not at the taxpayers’ expense. And I bet you could explain the caucus scandal to any insurance agent, doctor, farmer or other small businessperson or conservative and ask if they support paying taxes to have public employe hacks raise campaign funds, make campaign calls, write campaign speeches, create campaign brochures, write campaign emails (as was done in the Milwaukee County Exec. office under Walker and the state capitol in 98-2000 under Scott Jensen) and they’d say NO! I thought you were a law and order Republican, but I guess as long as Scott Jensen and Scott Walker have their pants pulled up and no UW showing there’s no problem

  2. February 20, 2014 1:44 PM

    Wisconsin is a state known to be a stickler for these kinds of rules that seem to be nothing more than mere suggestions for some. We are a state that in many ways is the birthplace of political reform and we should be thankful that legal forces investigate and pursue those who get in trouble for doing things here that in many other states wouldn’t even be investigated. And we should be proud of that. I was one of those who cheered when the caucus scandal was made known, and talked with Dee Hall about things that needed to be known. I was as critical of Chuck as I was Scott. And here is the reason I felt that way then, and now when it comes to this whole issue. When the political process does not play by a fair set of rules it makes so the outside forces are at a disadvantage. Whichever party is in office and plays by their own set of rules makes it so that the other party does not have the same advantage. That impacts policy, but also creates the apathy and cynicism that too often controls the electorate. We must do better, and unite in that mission from both sides of the aisle.

  3. February 20, 2014 11:52 AM

    Politics conducted by political appointees. Shocking.

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