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UPDATE: Walker says there is a 'clear distinction' in Governor's office

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FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- In his first news conference with Madison-based reporters since last week's release of the John Doe emails, Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) still refused to talk about specifics from the 27,000 pages of documents.

"I've said its old news, not because the emails are old news but because this investigation has lasted multiple years and was resolved last March, so almost a year ago," said Gov. Walker, speaking after the grand opening of a Hy-Vee grocery store.

The Governor was asked about private email systems, encouraging county employees to do work for campaign staff - just about everything related to the 2010 investigation.

When Gov. Walker dodged those questions, 27 News asked him if his senior campaign adviser Keith Gilkes was still influencing office staffers in 2014 like he did four years ago, when he served as Walker's campaign manager.

"I'm not involved in those sort of communications.  He doesn't talk so much with me, Stephan Thomas, my campaign manager talks with me frequently," said Gov. Walker, who was obviously referring to campaign manager Stephan Thompson.
        
But either way Walker says there is definitely no unethical behavior going on with his current staffers, because they go through training in the proper code of conduct.

"We make it very clear, I even personally now carry two different devices, a Blackberry that's exclusively for state related communications and then a personal IPhone that I have for things that aren't state-related," said Gov. Walker.

The Governor also said he is not surprised to see both state and national Democrats jumping on this story in an attempt to hurt him politically.  He says he will stay focused on the state's economy and giving money back to taxpayers.

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FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- In his first news conference with Madison-based reporters since last week's release of the John Doe emails, Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) still refused to talk about specifics from the 27,000 pages of documents and instead focused on promoting the strong ethics practiced by his current staff.

"All of my staff as well as all my cabinet go through the training in those ethics standards in the code of conduct.  And then ultimately sign off on document that certifies that they've gone through the training and that they're willing to live up to those standards," said Gov. Walker, speaking to reporters after attending a grocery store grand opening.

While the Governor took numerous questions about what the John Doe emails contained, including suggestions that he knew about a private email system used for campaigning in his Milwaukee County Executive's Office, Walker continued to refer the story as "old news."

"Old news not because because the emails are old news but because this investigation has lasted multiple years and was resolved last March so almost a year ago," said Gov. Walker.

Many of the emails showed constant communication between Walker's 2010 campaign manager Keith Gilkes and members of his county staff.

Gilkes is now an adviser to the Governor's 2014 campaign.  27 News asked Walker if Gilkes has as much contact with his current staff in the Governor's office.

"I'm not involved in those sort of communications," said Gov. Walker.  "He doesn't talk so much with me.  Stephan Thomas, my campaign manager talks with me frequently, but I wouldn't know what time frame or things like that, but I mean we have a clear distinction between things that are political and official," said Gov. Walker, whose campaign manager's name is actually Stephan Thompson.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.
 



FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he has created a "clear distinction between things that are political and official" in the governor's office.
   It was blurred lines between political work and official government operations that motivated a three-year investigation into Walker's Milwaukee County executive office. Walker's deputy chief of staff was convicted of misconduct in office for going campaign work on the taxpayer dime.
   Walker wasn't charged in the probe. The release last week of 28,000 pages of documents collected during the probe are leading to a new round of questions about illegal campaign work going on in Walker's county executive office.
   Walker said Tuesday that he now carries one cellphone for official state business and one for personal use. And Walker says his governor's office staff undergo ethics training.
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