(MADISON, Wis.) — Could the governor from Wisconsin win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination?
At the moment, Scott Walker has more immediate concerns, namely a scandal involving former aides who investigators claim did some shady things when Walker was Milwaukee county executive.
In a probe dating back two years, former Walker underling Timothy Russell was accused of taking $20,000 from a program to assist veterans.
On Tuesday, Russell accepted a plea bargain, admitting that he embezzled from the tax-payer funded Heritage Guard Preservation Society as well as filching money from two candidates for the Milwaukee County Board. It’s likely Russell will do some jail time.
Meanwhile, two other former Walker aides previously copped plea bargains.
Walker insisted again on Tuesday that he’s not part of the scandal, saying that after two years, “if there were bigger concerns, they’d be coming to us about those.”
As for presidential aspirations, Walker, who survived a recall election earlier this year, maintains he’s focused on the job at hand although Republicans outside Wisconsin believe the public will forget about his problems with unions once 2016 rolls around.
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