Is Scott Walker Cutting a Deal?
This latest leak alleges that Walker’s attorney,
Stephen Biskupic, is close to cutting a deal with special prosecutor Francis
Schmitz to settle the state’s investigation.
“The understandable concern among the direct targets
of the John Doe is that Mr. Biskupic will cut a deal that would exonerate Mr.
Walker while wresting concessions from some of Mr. Walker’s allies,” the WSJ
The WSJ warns Walker to stand firm and not
negotiate, so that the principles he’s fighting for—allowing candidates to
embed special interest groups in their campaigns, essentially, to raise
unlimited anonymous funds on the candidate’s behalf—can be upheld in court.
(That would be the federal courtroom of Federalist Society member and
Koch-brothers-junket-loving U.S. Judge Rudolph Randa.)
I don’t know if Walker is cutting a deal. I kind of
doubt it, actually. But I do know that Walker, once the darling of the WSJ
editorial page, is getting a very stern warning. The WSJ is looking out for
anonymous billionaire benefactors, not the political career of Walker. The
editorial folks at WSJ wants to protect the guys who donate to Walker. They
wouldn’t blink at sacrificing Walker to do it.
Potential deal aside, I imagine that Walker is
feeling a wee bit nervous these days. The latest Marquette poll shows him neck
and neck with Democrat Mary Burke, despite large chunks of the electorate not
even knowing who Burke is at this point in time.
And Judge Neal Nettesheim, who oversaw the original
John Doe, has ordered the release of the county-generated records collected in
that case. Now it’s up to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to do the
right thing and release them in full, quickly, so as not to provide cover for
Lastly, the Randa case is still moving along, although it’s become bogged down in appeals. I think the prosecutors are quite willing to show their hand to the public and lay out their case in open court. Again, if I were Walker heading into a tough campaign, I wouldn’t feel so great about things right now.