Historic: Scott Walker First WI Gov. To Need A Legal Defense Fund

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Remember, kids, IT'S OKAY IF YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN. It's the Prime Directive of the Village: Anything a Republican does is A-Okay! That's why, despite the fact that a federal investigation is slowly and methodically closing in on him, despite the several former Walker staffers who have made deals and agreed to testify, Scott Walker is going to tough it out. (The feds aren't going to deprive voters of the pleasure of recalling him, are they?)

Scotty boy will have the mighty Republican Wurlitzer playing his song, as he insists on his innocence - until the day he's indicted, in which case, mass amnesia will set in:

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has set up a legal defense fund for the "John Doe" investigation of his time as Milwaukee county executive that has already ensnared several of his former staffers.

"For nearly two years, Milwaukee County officials have been examining issues related to former employees of the County," he said in a statement Friday. "I have repeatedly pledged my cooperation with that inquiry. I also made it clear that no public money has been used, or will be used, to pay for the attorneys needed to review documents and assist me in cooperating. To fulfill my commitment, I have today formed a legal fund to pay for the expenses incurred in cooperating with the inquiry. The fund will operate in accordance with the Wisconsin law authorizing these accounts, which was passed almost thirty years ago."

The "John Doe" investigation has already resulted in charges against six of Walker's top aides. The probe by the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office is reportedly focusing on whether staffers who worked for Walker did political work with taxpayer money.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate responded by saying that Walker is the first governor to ever need a criminal defense fund.

"He has bent and broken the rules that should govern the conduct of an executive," Tate said in a statement. "Every citizen, regardless of party, agrees that our government should be free of corruption. It looks very much like Scott Walker has not given Wisconsin this honor."

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm going to guess there have been other governors - maybe one in, say, Louisiana, who've set up a legal defense fund. Maybe one who just got out of the federal pen in January.


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