Now Turn Your Attention to Scott Walker

Now that Romney has more or less secured the nomination, it’s time to focus on embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. About 60% of Republicans did not vote for Romney, but we’re stuck with him. We do like Walker and see him as one of the elected officials who has taken up the conservative cause.

He is facing a recall election in June, along with some other Republicans, and faces a Democrat/union machine that will do anything to oust him. We can do more for our cause by helping him than we can do at this time in the presidential race.

Drew Ryan lays it out at

Leading up to the June recall election in which Walker will defend his governorship, Democrats and Big Labor aren’t talking about collective bargaining reforms. According to an internal Democrat Party of Wisconsin memo reported on by Mother Jones magazine, Wisconsin Democrats are hoping to oust Walker by in part focusing heavily on what is known as the John Doe investigation.

In Wisconsin, prosecutors may launch secretive probes (hence the name “John Doe”) into criminal activities. John Chisholm, the Democrat District Attorney for Milwaukee County, has for 2 years now been running a John Doe investigation into former county government employees who held jobs while Walker was Milwaukee County Executive.

Interestingly enough, it was Walker who called for the probe to out suspected fraud.

After Walker took office as governor, Democrats began hinting that the John Doe would morph into a probe of Walker, and thus Walker could become Wisconsin’s own version of Richard Nixon. The first Democrat Party of Wisconsin television ad of the gubernatorial recall explicitly made the Walker-Nixon comparison.

Uncanny leaks about the activities of investigators have found their way onto the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The paper, struggling to stay afloat financially, has prided itself on being skeptical of Walker and on having exclusive access to a string of insider information about the John Doe probe. It appears as if the integrity of the probe, led by a Democrat District Attorney, is compromised by the partisan nature of the leaks.

Wisconsin state law prohibits individuals with knowledge of a John Doe investigation from talking about it to anyone, including the media.

Just how partisan the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office is was revealed on Monday when Media Trackers confirmed that no less than 43 attorneys and staff members in the prosecutor’s office signed Walker recall petitions. More officials in the office may have signed, and the total number of matching names from the staff roster and names on recall petitions reaches as high as 70, though full confirmation of that number is still underway.

The partisanship reached to the highest levels, with one Lovell Johnson, Jr. a Deputy District Attorney who reports directly to elected Democrat DA John Chisholm.

Perhaps most interesting of all is the signature of Janet Oelstrom. Oelstrom is not an attorney, but she does work as a secretary in the tightly controlled and elite Public Integrity Unit, which oversees all John Doe investigations into public officials. As secretary, Oelstrom has access to a tremendous amount of information (all of it valuable to political opponents) including the John Doe probe into Walker’s county executive staff.

The presence of such a partisan individual handling sensitive information that could be used to inaccurately disparage a political opponent is troubling to say the least. That between 15% – 25% of the staff of the office running a probe speculated by Democrats to be aimed at Walker have such a partisan view of him calls into question their ability to professionally handle this case.

Oddly, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which normally holds itself up as a watchdog against abuse of government office, has chosen to bury this story and ignore it as much as possible. Could it be that the liberal reporters and editors at the newspaper are providing cover for what increasingly looks like a politically motivated investigation into a conservative governor?

Let’s get this straight: Democrats in Wisconsin want to take Walker out by relying on the information they glean from this supposed-to-be-secret investigation. A Democrat District Attorney is leading this investigation and a tremendous number of his staff signed petitions to remove Governor Walker from office. The newspaper that gets all the well-placed leaks and tends to spin the story to favor liberals and Democrats is silent about this expose of partisanship and bias.

This looks like a classic case of a liberal media establishment, a far-left political party, and a highly partisan set of public officials trying to get away with destroying a conservative political opponent. If this is what it is, let’s hope it fails and kudos to the guys at Media Trackers who discovered the bias, partisanship, and horrible conflict of interest.

For full disclosure, I launched Media Trackers in Wisconsin and we’re currently expanding into other states.

Interestingly, the Democrats are using the Republican “War on Women” theme with Walker. According to WXOW:

– The four Democratic candidates for Governor officially filed nomination papers Tuesday.

As they prepare for the May 8th primary, their party’s leadership is already taking aim at Republican Governor Scott Walker for the June 5th general election.

Kathleen Falk was the first candidate to bring her nomination papers to the Government Accountability Board offices.

Falk is focusing on the largest block of undecided voters.

“They’re primarily women and they’re primarily independent,” said Falk. “They’re looking for a candidate that knows how to run government and that’ll bring us together.”

At a Capitol press conference to announce her nomination signatures, State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) stressed her past success with Independents.

“In my district, voters voted for me and they voted for Scott Walker and Ron Johnson,” said Sen. Vinehout. “Where we have to win as Democrats are in the neighborhoods I have represented for the past six years.”

But at Democratic Party of Wisconsin headquarters, the focus is already on Gov. Walker’s perceived weaknesses in a general election.

In fact, the party even put a memo up on its website, outlining the strategy for defeating the Governor.

“We wanted to make sure that we’re as transparent as possible at what our plans are to go after Scott Walker,” said Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Democratic leaders are focusing on the John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County, the secretive redistricting process and the Governor’s record with women and the middle class.

“I think that its something we’re gonna wanna talk about and the Governor should have to explain why he’s treating women as second class citizens,” said Tate. “He didn’t talk about the things that he’s done. He didn’t talk about balancing the budget on the backs of middle class taxpayers and teachers and students.”

Somehow Democrats are counting on women to bring them victory. I guess we can expect this campaign strategy to be used in every election. Will American women fall for it? Who knows? The media will certainly help them press this as an issue, even when it isn’t.

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