MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) is refuting allegations in a Wall Street Journal editorial that he is trying to reach a settlement with Milwaukee County prosecutors in their John Doe investigation into illegal coordination between his campaign and conservative issue groups.
Speaking publicly for the first time about a possible settlement on Up Front with Mike Gousha, Gov. Walker said he was concerned when he read the editorial on Wednesday.
"I think my track record here and across the country is pretty clear. I'm an economic and fiscal conservative. Obviously the last few years I've shown it, that I've committed to those principles even in the face of extreme outside pressure. And it just surprises me that anyone would think that in any way I would undermine anyone who shared those same principles. Clearly, I would not," Walker told Gousha.
Conservative blogger David Blaska said he believes the Governor, but wants to hear more.
"I wish the statement had been more forthcoming, he should call a press conference and say, no way, no how," said Blaska, who believes Walker should strongly stand by Wisconsin Club for Growth and the other groups being targeted.
But Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, isn't buying Walker's answer.
"There's something there," said Ross. "Governor Walker is very concerned about that, and I note that, you know, all this discussion about a settlement comes after there's been discussion about the records being made public from the investigation and I think that's what he fears the most."
Blaska and Ross discuss the merits of John Doe II on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.
"Illegal coordination, what is coordination? Its communication, its speech. So that's why this is a federal lawsuit because we've got a thing called the first amendment here," said Blaska.
"This notion that this is a first amendment violation is probably one of the most ludicrous things that has come out of this, in the central part of the Club for Growth case," responded Ross.
Capitol City Sunday comes your way at 9 a.m., immediately followed by Mike Gousha's interview with Governor Walker on Up Front at 9:30 on WKOW 27.
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