Feb 23, 2014

Two Largest Wisconsin Dailies Call for Scott Walker to Hold Press Conference on Emails

From left to right: Tim Russell, Scott Walker and Brian Pierick
"Don't think for a minute that Walkergate or its effect will end ... ." 
Update: Even Fox News host, Chris Wallace, grows frustrated with Scott Walker's evasions.

WALLACE: Did you have your own private e-mail account?

SCOTT WALKER: It’s one of those where I point out district attorney has reviewed every single one of these issues.

WALLACE: But sir, you’re not answering my question.

SCOTT WALKER: No, because I’m not going to get into 27,000 different pieces of information.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal are both editorially supportive of Scott Walker to a fault.

Now, the two largest Wisconsin dailies are calling on Walker to come clean with an extended press conference that ends when the press is done with questions, not when Scott Walker declares this is "old news."

It's not old news when the probe that resulted in 15 convictions involving his former top aides, who as the emails reveal, acted on Scott Walker's orders, is now a public fact shown in black and white. Walker knew, was a participant and lied about it. Why?

Scott Walker cannot weasel away on this one.

From a PR perspective, as the editorials writers at the Journal-Sentinel and State Journal are aware, a hours-long, question-and-answer session explaining and apologizing is the right thing to do.

From a good government perspective, it's imperative.

Everyone is wondering why Scott Walker was not prosecuted when the court-ordered release of the 27,000 emails shows Walker was the top dog in the conspiracy to run a secret political campaign out of a public office.

Scott Walker even parades this fact of not being prosecuted in his seconds-long encounters with friendly, GOP-aligned journalists.

I wasn't prosecuted is a fair point.

As are the voluminous emails proving Walker knew and directed action on the secret email system, and after his aide was caught ordered that the use of the secret email system stop, shortly before the Milwaukee County Executive office was raided by law enforcement.

As noted by Ruth Conniff in The Progressive Magazine, there's nowhere left to hide now.


  1. The prosecutors need to answer some questions also as to why they did not bring charges against Scott Walker as the executive in charge of all of these employees and the beneficiary of their illegal acts.

  2. Walker took away money from government workers to balance the budget. That I can see. What I can't see is that he didn't quit there. He took away their voice in the workplace. He destroyed fifty years of hard fought labor practices with one swipe of the pen. He wouldn't negotiate, He wouldn't compromise, He had the votes so that's the way it's going to be. Wisconsin deserves better than this kind of government.

  3. Scott Walker is gambling that this story has a typical two-week news cycle. He is both shrewd and vile. And he may be disgustingly right.

  4. Scott Walker is both vile and shrewd. He is betting this story has a two-week news cycle. He may be disgustingly right.

  5. Where are these articles? I cannot find them.

    1. Follow the hyperlinks: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal