Walker has got to be nervous about this. It's the first time authorities have identified him directly in the scandal.
Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf displayed numerous emails between Rindfleisch and key members of Walker's campaign staff in which they discussed how to handle county issues in 2010, while Walker was a candidate for governor.
Landgraf said "The Campaign Group" included Walker, his campaign manager Keith Gilkes, campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader, campaign adviser R.J. Johnson. It also included several top county aides to Walker: Cindy Archer, who was county administration director; county chief of staff Tom Nardelli; county housing director Timothy Russell; spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin; and Rindfleisch.
Rindfleisch served as Walker's policy adviser and later his deputy chief of staff at the county.
Hear interview with a reporter who was in the courtroom today when the news broke:
UPDATE 11/20/12 1:20 PM CST: Here's an updated story from John Nichols of The Nation, published a couple hours ago....
Monday’s presentation, the first to explicitly link Walker to courthouse wrongdoing, shook the state, where Walker survived a recall election only after repeatedly declaring that he was not a target of the John Doe investigation.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski says: “It’s clear now that he presided over a criminal culture where county government in Milwaukee became an adjunct of his campaign. The citizens of Wisconsin should be afraid that this criminal culture has been imported to Madison.”
As Walker tries to gin up a presidential campaign, those questions will extend beyond Wisconsin.
UPDATE 11/20/12 10:05 PM CST: Here's some really good inside info, with email copies, slideshow, and all kinds of goodies for hardcore Walker Watchers...
Landgraf’s makes clear that campaign staff, a media contractor, county staff, Scott Walker, and the GOP are all mixing it up with no disregard for the walls, by law, they should have imposed between government and political operatives and their activities. To make his case, he’s shared emails that Walker’s team never thought would see the light of day.