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"Defies reasonable belief", Dems react to Gov. Walker aide wrong doing


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Democrats say it’s hard to believe that Governor Scott Walker did not know there were illegal campaigning activities in his former Milwaukee County executive’s office.

Walker told the Associated Press today he did not know his staffers were campaigning on county time – even though a prosecutor unveiled e-mails last week showing that Walker’s county and campaign offices worked together as operatives in his 2010 bid for governor.

State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate said it quote, “defies reasonable belief” that Walker didn’t know he was surrounded by people committing “criminal acts” in his county executive’s office. And if it is true, Tate said it quote, “raises serious questions about his management ability, including who he chooses to surround himself with.”

The prosecutor’s evidence came out last week, when ex-Walker county aide Kelly Rindfleisch was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation for doing campaign work on county time.

Today, the governor said things needed to be coordinated between his county and political staffs – because they often deal with the same questions.

Walker said he built a firewall to make sure no campaign work was done on county time – and if he knew about Rindfleisch’s activity, he would have stopped it.