Walker John Doe investigation suspect waives preliminary hearing

CREATED Mar 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 8, 2012

  • (4) | COMMENTS
  • Print
  • Video by wtmj.com

    Play
  • Video by wtmj.com

    Play

MILWAUKEE - A former staff member of Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. 

Kelly Rindfleisch, who was Walker's deputy chief of staff, allegedly did campaign work while on the clock working for the County. 

Prosecutors say she sent more than 1,000 fundraising e-mails while on the clock, working for the county.

Rindfleisch appeared well dressed and calm as she appeared before a court commissioner in Milwaukee.

A John Doe investigation by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office led to four felony charges against Rindfleisch.

Rindfleisch is one of five former Walker aides connected to the investigation.

Now-Gov. Walker maintains his innocence, and he says he did not know what was taking place a few doors down from his office.

"This has been fascinating to watch," said UWM Professor of Governmental Affairs Mordecai Lee.

Lee argues that the Governor is doing a good job distancing himself from his former aides.

"He never looks worried or scared.  There aren't any pictures of him ducking into doors to avoid the media."

The big question: what impact will these John Doe cases have on a potential recall election?

"At this point and time, it's impossible to tell if he's going to emerge from it unscathed, or if he's going to be affected by it in any sort of political sense," said Lee.

If convicted, Rindfleisch faces up to 14 years in prison.