Former Gov. Walker aide claims she has done 'absolutely nothing wrong'
MADISON – An e-mail message from Cynthia Archer, a former aide to Governor Scott Walker, reportedly says that "I have done absolutely nothing wrong," following FBI agents going through her east side Madison home.
She claims in the letter, cited on JSOnline, that she fully cooperated during the investigation and feels "no need for legal representation."
Archer has been at Walker’s side for years. She is considered a powerful, behind-the-scenes staffer who served under then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. When Walker won the governor’s race, Archer followed him to Madison.
The blinds were closed at Archer’s home a few miles from the Capitol after several FBI agents spent more than two hours on site Wednesday morning.
“I knew she worked for Walker, but I didn’t know how high up she was,” said neighbor Dale Riechers. “I saw agents taking pictures inside her SUV here and inside the garage windows. It seemed like they were definitely looking for something.”
The FBI referred questions to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office. Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said he could not talk about the search.
When TODAY’S TMJ4 asked Governor Walker’s staff what they knew, a spokesperson replied “no comment” in an email.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the district attorney's office has been conducting a secret John Doe investigation into a former county Walker staffer, but no one will reveal if Archer is involved in that case.
Archer abruptly resigned a top position at the Department of Administration. She immediately had a new post as a legislative liaison at the Department of Children and Families, where her salary is $99,449 per year.
“Currently, Ms. Archer is on a leave of absence,” a DCF spokesperson said in an email. “Details regarding Ms. Archer's approved leave of absence are confidential and cannot be released.”
Archer was seen outside her home Wednesday afternoon. She hurried inside her home when she saw a TODAY’S TMJ4 news vehicle arrive. Archer did not respond to an email.