Prosecutors sought permission the day before the 2010 gubernatorial election to expand a John Doe probe to four additional aides of then-County Exec Scott Walker, according to records released today.
The transcript of the Nov. 1, 2010, hearing shows the judge agreed to expand the scope of the ongoing investigation to add deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch, chief of staff Tom Nardelli, communication director Fran McLaughlin and Dorothy Moore, the scheduler for the county exec. Out of those four, only Rindfleisch was eventually charged.
* Read the hearing transcript
Prosecutors asked for and received permission for search warrants for the county exec's offices in the courthouse, Rindfleisch's homes in West Allis and Columbia County, and her car.
The documents were collected as part of the case against Rindfleisch, who is appealing her conviction for doing campaign work from Walker's county office.
The thousands of pages released today largely underscore the contention of prosecutors that Rindfleisch was doing extensive campaign work for Brett Davis' lt. guv campaign from her county office.
Walker addressed the emails this morning before they were released, saying he has not looked at the communications, but planned to review them. He added he is "confident" the authorities that reviewed the emails have made public any correspondences they have wanted to act on.
"I don't know that there will be any great surprises beyond what [the authorities] have talked about," Walker said.
More than 27,000 pages of emails and another 434 pages of other documents were released this morning in the case of a former Scott Walker aide convicted of doing campaign work from his Milwaukee Co. exec office.
The Republican Governors Association is going up on the air Feb. 19 with a TV ad it says will remind voters Dem Mary Burke was a “senior official in the failed Jim Doyle administration.”
An RGA spokesman described it as a six-figure buy. It was placed Wednesday and will run on cable statewide as well as broadcast in Wisconsin’s main media markets.
Communications director Gail Gitcho said in a statement Burke’s campaign has been based on her experience in “a job-killing, budget-busting, big government administration.”
“Mary Burke won’t share her platform, promises or plans, but her past clearly shows the direction she would take the state: backwards,” Gitcho said.
Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki fired back Wisconsin had tens of thousands more jobs when Burke was Commerce secretary under Doyle than the state has today.
"It's no surprise that given Scott Walker's economic record -- 37th in job creation, 45th in job prospects and 48th in new business starts -- he and his allies will say or do anything, no matter how untrue or ridiculous, to distract from the struggles of Wisconsin's middle class under Scott Walker," he said.