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The In Crowd


If the Walker emails – some 27,000 pages recently unsealed from the first Joe Doe investigation to nip at the governor’s heels – were a popularity contest, these staffers would be the stars.

 Fran McLaughlin

Then: Director of communications for County Executive Scott Walker, a position that included copying and pasting news stories into emails so Walker could read them on his Blackberry. McLaughlin was granted immunity during the first John Doe investigation.

Now: Public information officer at the Milwaukee County Sherriff’s Office.

 Jill Bader

Then: Communications director for the Walker campaign. She came under fire from other members of the “inner circle” after she retweeted a video of a largely African-American crowd dancing to “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train).”

Now: Communications director for the Republican State Leadership Committee and active supporter of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

 Keith Gilkes

Then: Walker’s hard-bitten campaign manager. Some have even called his tactics “callous.”

Now: Walker’s hard-bitten campaign manager. Nowadays, he’s more likely to be called one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico (July 2013).

 Tom Nardelli

Then: Walker’s chief of staff with a penchant for forwarding racist jokes, including one that said he could handle being black, disabled, one-armed, drug-addicted, Jewish, homosexual and unemployed, but not a Democrat.

Now: Nardelli has nurtured a consulting firm since resigning from a state position in 2011.

 Cindy Archer

Then: Head of Milwaukee County’s Department of Administrative Services and a loyal Walker aide whose home was raided in 2011 as part of a John Doe investigation.

Now: After stints in the state departments of Administration and Children and Families, she settled into a post at the State Public Defender’s Office that pays a six-figure salary.

 Kelly Rindfleisch

Then: Deputy chief of staff, key link in the "inner circle."

Now: She’s appealing her 2012 felony conviction.

This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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BrendanOMaidian Posted: 4/5/2014 10:05:03 AM
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Where are the Koch brothers in all of this corruption? Gee, we wonder, don't we? It's amazing how this disgraceful sleazebag Walker got elected at all. Money and power moves these guys, and nothing else is important. Obama is putting up sanctions against Russia, when he should be doing the same thing to these corrupt and murderous mongers. These inhumane beings are called Un-American, but this behavior is commonplace in our once great nation, it's become the way to go from now on, thanks, too, to the $upreme Con$ervative Court. Has anyone checked out the offshore holdings of any of these political scum? We owe it all to Bush/Cheney and the gang that stemmed from Ronnie Rightie Reagan, with a dash of Clinton along the way.
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