Scott Walker: 'I Will Not Back Down' on Fundraising 'Slander'

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 05:08 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, accused in court documents of collusion with conservative groups to illegally coordinate fundraising, fought back Friday with a defiant editorial in the state’s largest newspaper, blasting prosecutors’ "theories" as "slander" and vowing, "I will not back down."

"It is old news that has already been discounted by two judges," Walker wrote in the opinion piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  "No charges. No case."

Quoting a federal judge, Walker said prosecutors "are now seeking refuge in the court of public opinion, having lost in this court on the law."

"Abraham Lincoln once said, 'Truth is generally the best vindication against slander,'" Walker wrote. "The truth on the widely covered 'John Doe' [case] is that two judges, one state and one federal, reviewed the accusations of partisans within a Democrat district attorney's office and determined their theories have no merit or basis in law."

"Each of these judges explicitly issued judicial orders that these partisan prosecutors must end their investigation immediately," Walker said, adding he would restate "the truths … over and over again to fight the slander directed at me and our campaign by my political opponents."

Prosecutors have been investigating whether Walker, his aides, and conservative groups violated campaign finance laws by working together too closely.

No one has been charged. A federal judge in Milwaukee halted the probe last month after finding the activity didn’t break the law; a state judge came to a similar conclusion in January, the Journal Sentinel reported.

The governor, who is considered a possible GOP challenger for a 2016 White House bid, also took a jab at the press for creating a "media frenzy."

It "is clear that this is what happens when someone takes on the big government special interests," he wrote. "They push back. No wonder so many politicians are afraid to make tough decisions."

"I will not back down," he vowed.

The angry response came the same day Walker took the offensive with a similar theme in an interview with "Fox and Friends," and as a $245,000 TV ad campaign critical of his Democratic re-election opponent, former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke, was being launched, the Journal Sentinel reported.

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