Madison Wisconsin –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Jason Stein interviewed Gov. Walker. The interview included questions about Andrew P. Jensen Jr., a real estate broker with Boerke Co. and a past chairman of the Commercial Association of Realtors-Wisconsin.
After reading it, you Might walk away with the same impression from Walker’s answers that I did. — Nothing to see here, move along. Stein writes:
Gov. Scott Walker says in the past he has met with the commercial real estate broker who was jailed this month for refusing to cooperate with the secret investigation into the governor’s current and former aides.
Let’s just look at that part in fragments, shall we? Gov. Scott Walker says in the past he has met with the Jensen, okay, no big deal, no crime there. But Jensen happens to be a wealthy realtor that was jailed this month for refusing to cooperate with a secret investigation involving the governor’s current and former aides.
The mere fact that a wealthy businessman chose to stay the night in jail rather than cooperate speaks volumes. Now I am not suggesting he has done anything wrong because everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but obviously being a realtor, he likely has a lawyer on call. After all, Jensen’s profile on Boerke Co. listed Jensen’s biggest client as Michael Best & Friedrich, a major law firm with ties to Walker and Republican leadership.
Also, why not cooperate? What is there to hide?
More than a Wink
In 2010, Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel wrote about constituent services coordinator Darlene Wink quitting her position after admitting she had posted 70 comments to the Sentinel’s Webpage. Bice writes:
Wink has posted about 70 comments on Journal Sentinel blogs and stories since October – most of them praising her boss, touting his gubernatorial bid or ripping his two opponents, Democratic MayorTom Barrettand ex-U.S. Rep.Mark Neumann, a Republican.
At the time, Walker’s spokesman said that neither Walker nor Nardelli (Walker’s former chief of staff whoabruptly resigned his Government position last July) had any idea that Wink was campaigning on county time. Since that time, Walker campaign contributor William Gardner plead guilty to felonies (times two) in regard to campaign finance fraud, staffer Cynthia Archer had her home raided by the FBI, and several of Walker’s aides have been given immunity to prosecution. Now Jensen was placed in jail overnight for failing to cooperate. Still think there is nothing to see? If you listen to Walker, he’ll assure you there isn’t but do you believe him? Walker says:
“All I know is the way through all the years as county executive and now as governor, I know how I conduct myself. I know the transparency I have and the integrity I bring to the position, so in terms of my own involvement I don’t worry,”
Keep in mind that Walker is the first Wisconsin governor to have a John Doe investigation land on his doorstep. Such investigations are not done on a whim. This is a big deal no matter how lightly the governor claims to be taking the matter. Walker’s campaign retained former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic last fall after receiving a subpoena for campaign emails. Walker’s campaign has paid at least $60,000 to Biskupic’s firm Michael Best & Friedrich
Walker also stated in the interview he doesn’t believe that the investigation is politically motivated, which is a very interesting statement, is that an admission? How many governors of Wisconsin do you know that have had homes of those working under him raided by the FBI? How many have had contributors found guilty of fraud? How many have had their staff given immunity? I’d say not very many if any at all.
Walkers final statement to Jason Stein was this:
“I’m not aware of anything, particularly for people working for me right now. There’s nothing brought to my attention that would be a problem,”
All I can say is this, if Scott Walker has done nothing wrong as he says, and it turns out that several of those surrounding him have committed crimes, he should resign. If you (the CEO as he calls himself) cannot hire people to be entrusted to carry out the people’s business ethically or to the letter of the law, then you have failed and have no business looking out for millions of people, when you can’t even keep an eye on those around you. Personally, I feel the governor knows more than he is letting on. John Doe Corruption probes are big deals.