When he was running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker appeared frequently with state Rep. Brett Davis, the legislator who was the favored candidate of the party establishment.
But Walker always claimed he was not backing any candidate in the crowded GOP primary for lieutenant governor.
On primary day in September 2010, Walker won the Republican nomination for governor. But Davis lost to tea party favorite Rebecca Kleefisch.
What did Walker do? He appeared on John "Sly" Sylvester's WTDY radio show and, in response to a question from the host, announced that he had voted for Kleefisch.
Now, however, the "John Doe" investigation into campaign finance wrongdoing and other crimes allegedly committed by Walker's county staffers has revealed that one of the major focuses of what prosecutors describe as a "secret" campaign run out of the county executive's office was to help get Davis nominated.
The office was in regular contact with Davis' campaign manager, Cullen Werwie, who now serves as Walker's spokesman and who has requested immunity in the "John Doe" investigation that has now produced a stack of felony charges against the people Werwie was working with.
So where does this leave Rebecca Kleefisch?
Perhaps it is time for her to recognize that Scott Walker's campaign worked hard to keep her off the ticket — and to question whether this governor can be trusted, even by his supposed Republican allies.
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