Fresh criminal charges brought today against two more former Milwaukee County employees - - these who worked directly for then-County Executive Walker - - allege persistent campaign fund-raising and other forbidden political activity on taxpayer-paid time taking place right under Walker's nose, as reported by Dan Bice.
The complaint also reveals the existence of a secret email system used by Walker and his aides - - and alleges that records from the system were withheld from release under Open Records requests.
Additional charges could come that further implicate top Walker County staffers, campaign officials and long-time advisers; Walker as witness is among the distinct possibilities.
Serious stuff, getting more serious.
Couple these revelations with earlier John Doe convictions for illegal donations to Walker's campaign for Governor, and pending charges of theft by Walker appointees from funds Walker was supposed to have moved out of his office, and a picture of Walker is emerging as a failed administrator - - at best - - of a major public office.
Remember that Walker was swept into that office after Tom Ament resigned as County Execitive in the wake of a massive recall signature effort.
Set aside that irony, given Walker's criticism of the same recall process now being used against him.
Set aside, though don't forget, that people had already been found guilty in the caucus scandal years earlier for similar behaviors.
It now looks like Milwaukee County taxpayers simply traded one form of public dysfunction for another:
In the case of Ament and supervisors who expanded fiscally ruinous pension payments, it was a matter of using a publicly-financed system to pad their retirement incomes.
With Walker, it was a matter of using the same publicly-financed system as a partisan consulting business to help candidacies and campaigns.
In both cases, public offices and resources were misused.
Walker the reformer. Hardly.
I'm looking at this paragraph from the Journal Sentinel's 2010 contorted endorsement editorial for Walker, that praised his "habit of upending the status quo," and does it ever ring hollow now:
If there is one thing Walker has shown in his tenure as county executive, it is an abiding intolerance for the failures of business as usual.