Tuesday, April 15, 2014

John Doe II Had Non-Partisan Origins With Ex-Judges, Document Shows

Quite a revelation in Federal Court that undermines the rightwing talk radio-inspired Walkerite narrative that partisan DA's were behind a John Doe probe to get Walker, his 2012 recall election committee and perhaps some donors.

It turns out that the six non-partisan retired judges who oversee the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board had authorized the probe, based on evidence:

The six judges on the state Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to authorize the investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and his allies during the recent recall elections, according to a Tuesday court filing. 
Dean Nickel, an investigator hired by the accountability board to assist with the investigation, said in the 10-page filing that he believes the substantial evidence gathered in the probe "coupled with the GAB's unanimous approval of the investigation directly refutes plaintiffs' witch-hunt theory."
So the GAB board and staff were just doing their jobs.

Just today, Jay Heck of Common Cause said the GAB was:
...the nation’s only non-partisan, independent state agency charged with overseeing elections and ethics...finally established in 2007.
And do you remember that GOP Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald hoped to remake the board into an overtly partisan operation after the 2012 recall elections?


Jake formerly of the LP said...

No wonder Scotty kicked off David Deininger and is trying to stack this thing with loyalist hacks.

Scotty may look "Unintimidated" on the outside, but these guys are clearly running scared behind the scenes. Time to drop the bomb on them

Anonymous said...

As Republicans seem to always say, if they haven't done anything wrong, what are they afraid of?

Anonymous said...

In fact 29 "impartial judges" signed the recall petition.

Anonymous said...

The race is on. First to be out of office on his ass. Chris "Angry" Christie or Scott "John Doe" Walker.

Walker will win the race to indictment,
but which will be the first to Palin?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Aono@1:28-- Ricks Perry and Scott are both working on their own exits as well.

Too bad these Republican Govs couldn't have arranged their departures before they had done so much damage.

The start to remind me of the Mel Brooks character in Blazing Saddles.

Also, could you Anons please pick a nym, out of consdiration? Can't tell the Nonnies without a program!