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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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