The ongoing ethics probe of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) time as Milwuakee County Executive all stems from a uniquely modern-day source -- blog commenting.
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For his part, Walker has not commented publicly on the latest developments, the Associated Press reports -- he was out of the state on Thursday, campaigning for Republicans in Kentucky, and his office has declined to comment.
The trouble all began in 2010, when Walker was a candidate for governor. Darlene Wink, his constituent services coordinator in the county, resigned after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that she had been using state time to post comments on the paper's articles, promoting Walker and criticizing his opponents in the gubernatorial race.
For example, one comment criticized Walker's opponent in the Republican primary, former Congressman Mark Neumann: "Conservatives need to listen to what Neumann is really saying - the true conservative in the race for Governor is Walker." Wink posted her comments under the handle "RPMCVP" --Â a reference to her dual position as vice chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Republican Party.
Since her resignation, the investigation has continued very much under the radar. An additional part of the murkiness of the situation is that the investigation is what is known in Wisconsin as a "John Doe" investigation --Â a secret proceeding in which witnesses can be subpoenaed to testify under oath, but are forbidden from talking publicly about the case.