The investigation into Governor Scott Walker’s tenure as Milwaukee County Executive continues to be a hot button topic in the recall election. One former aide has been convicted and several others face charges including embezzlement and performing campaign work on the county’s clock. Opponents of Walker suggest he is a target of the probe.
“The very fact that there even is an investigation is because I authorized my office to ask the district attorney to look into it in the first place,” Walker told reporters in Manitowoc County Tuesday, adding he has always conducted himself with a “high level of integrity.”
Governor Walker said the camp of his Democratic opponent Tom Barrett is “pulling at straws” in focusing on the John Doe probe, and trying to distract from Barrett’s record as mayor of Milwaukee, a city that’s seen rising unemployment and increased taxes.
AUDIO: Walker saying opponents are diverting (:19)
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board recently stated Walker should not be recalled. Walker said it “was good” the endorsement wasn’t “all glowing,” as he admits prior to making his controversial labor changes, he should’ve done more to highlight waste and abuse in the public sector.
AUDIO: Walker in hindsight (:23)
Also on Tuesday, former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold was on the campaign trail in support of Barrett.