Five people now charged through John Doe investigation

CREATED Jan 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 26, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- How close is the John Doe investigation getting to Scott Walker?

A couple were charged after the Walker administration asked for an investigation.  Three of them had offices just feet from then-County Executive Scott Walker.

Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink, two women who worked closely with Walker when he was county executive.

A map of the county executive's suite at the time shows Rindfleisch was just one office away.  Wink was just three doors down from that.

But the two women played very different roles in the administration.  Wink's job as constituent services coordinator, considered more secretarial.  Rindfleisch had a more powerful position as deputy chief of staff.

And she's not the only one, Rindfleisch replaced Timothy Russell.  He's also been charged in the investigation.  Along with former county veterans official, Kevin Kavanaugh.

County Supervisor Lynne De Bruin worked with Wink on joint projects.

"Every county employee just like every state employee and every municipal employee has an individual duty to know what they can and can't do as far as campaigning," said County Supervisor Lynne De Bruin.

Wink resigned after admitting she campaigned during work hours.  According to court documents, Walker responded by sending an email to Russell, saying "I talked to her at home last night.  Feel bad.  She feels worse.  We cannot afford another story like this one.  No one can give them any reason to do another story.  That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc."

The Walker campaign sent TODAY'S TMJ4 this statement Thursday:

"The Milwaukee County Executive's Office expressed policy was that county employees were not permitted to use county time or resources to conduct any political activity.  Scott Walker expected everyone to follow the law and made that clear publicly and privately."

A message that may not have gotten across.

"Bottom line, prosecutors don't normally prosecute people unless they think they have a potentially winable case," said County Supervisor Lynne De Bruin.

The state Republican Party did not return TODAY'S TMJ4's repeated calls for comment Thursday.