Former Walker aide Darlene Wink pleads guilty

CREATED Feb. 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb. 7, 2012

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  • Darlene Wink talks with attorney Peter Wolff before she makes her appearance in court Thursday. Wink is one of two staffers who worked directly for Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive that were charged with illegally doing extensive political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs. STORY Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

MILWAUKEE - Darlene Wink worked for now Governor Scott Walker when he served as Milwaukee County Executive. She pled guilty Tuesday to working on Walker’s campaign for governor during taxpayer time.

Wink told Judge Daniel Konkol she spent time on invitations to ‘Friends of Scott Walker’ fundraisers in 2009 while at her desk in the county executive’s office.

“I was putting together flyers that were for a fundraiser,” Wink said in court.

Wink served as a constituent services coordinator under Walker. She hopes to evade serving any jail time by pleading guilty, paying a fine and agreeing to cooperate with a probe into other current and former Walker staffers. 

“She doesn’t like the limelight at all,” her attorney Peter Wolff said. “That’s not the kind of person she is. She’s a very loyal person and she’s someone that just didn’t want this to happen to her or anyone else.”

Wink’s prosecution is part of a John Doe investigation veiled in secrecy. Prosecutor Bruce Landgraf is leading the probe and refused to comment Tuesday on what information he wants Wink to provide.

“I have no comment guys,” Landgraf told reporters.

Walker’s campaign and state offices did not want to comment on Wink’s plea hearing. Walker himself is due to meet with prosecutors as part of the John Doe investigation. 

Wink’s sentencing is scheduled for May 15.

Wink resigned in May 2010 after admitting to posting anonymous pro-Walker comments on websites and blogs.