The emails show that Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's taxpayer-paid staffers worked stealthily as partisan operatives with his direction and approval, but were not on the campaign payroll.
That subsidized his campaign, Brett Davis' unsuccessful run for Lt. Governor and related GOP efforts.
Who got cheated?
Who got disadvantaged?
The Barrett Campaign.
Who got cheated and disadvantaged?
People expecting public services from Milwaukee County staffers like then-Housing director Tim Russell, then-Administration director Cynthia Archer and the many Walker staff aides and County appointees who were doing campaign work on public time.
Who got cheated, disadvantaged and hoodwinked.
Including editorial writers:
We have watched Walker and his opponent, Tom Barrett, for years. Both are decent, honest, principled public servants. If a ledger existed, it would no doubt show that we've agreed with Barrett more often than with Walker.
But in a time of economic peril and at a time when government must be reformed, it's time to throw away the playbook.