MADISON (WKOW) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett wants Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) to show the public what his role was in the illegal campaign activity being investigated by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office.
But, the governor says Barrett is making a desperate attempt to steer the recall race away from the issue of jobs.
Gov. Walker continued to push his message that Wisconsin's employment numbers are on the way up Monday morning.
He announced the creation of 102 more jobs at Madison-based Total Administrative Services Corp., which provides health care management for other companies.
"Good news out there, I think it builds off the success of our reforms and we wanna continue to see that kind of growth in the future," said Gov. Walker.
But, Barrett told a group of reporters in Milwaukee that Gov. Walker must first explain his past as the Milwaukee County executive.
An ongoing John Doe investigation resulted in charges against three of Walker's former county staffers earlier this year.
"We know that media reports indicate that thousands of emails related to the case have been turned over the prosecutors," said Barrett. "What we don't know is Scott Walker's role in all of this."
Barrett said Walker needs to make those emails available so the public can see how much he knows about the alleged illegal activity.
But its clear, the governor isn't taking the bait.
"I think most people will see it for what its worth," said Gov. Walker. "They'll see it as a desperate campaign and a desperate candidate trying desperately, to have people ignore the record of failure in Milwaukee, and then ignore the fact that our reforms are working."
Gov. Walker also declined to say whether he would release information on which donors agreed to let his campaign transfer at least $60,000 of their money over to his legal defense fund.
"We've disclosed everything we're required to do under the law," said Gov. Walker.
But Barrett said Gov. Walker has an ethical obligation to do more.
"There is no reason, why he shouldn't reveal those records to the public," said Barrett.
Gov. Walker is not required by law to release the emails.
A spokesperson for the Government Accountability Board told 27 News that the governor also has no obligation to tell the public which donors have agreed to let the campaign transfer their contributions into that legal defense fund.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) announced the addition of up to 102 new jobs at a Madison corporation Monday morning.
The governor said Total Administrative Services Corp., or TASC, will be eligible for up to $400,000 in tax credits through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
TASC handles the management and administration of health care accounts for other companies.
Gov. Walker also dismissed questions raised by his recall opponent, Tom Barrett, who is calling on the governor to release all of the e-mails relating to the John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County.
That John Doe probe involves alleged illegal campaign activity in the Milwaukee County executive's office, when Gov. Walker held that position.
Gov. Walker dismissed Barrett's request as a "desperate" measure designed to take attention away from Barrett's poor record on jobs as the mayor of Milwaukee.
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.
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