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MADISON, Wis. -Gov. Scott Walker said a statement from the attorney for a special prosecutor looking at activity by his recall campaign and conservative groups helps set the record straight.
Thursday's statement from attorney Randall Crocker said Walker is not a target of the investigation and no conclusions have been made about whether there's enough evidence to charge him or anyone with a crime. Crocker represents lead prosecutor Francis Schmitz.
Walker said his legal team did not approach Crocker about issuing the statement, and he is not talking with prosecutors about a possible settlement.
“Certainly we point out to you and others across the state that we felt it was pretty clear and important to report that not one but two judges basically supported our opinion in terms of this legal case, and now we’ve got this special prosecutor’s attorney, again, I think further setting the record straight,” Walker said.
Last week, Mary Burke said she wouldn’t make the accusations part of the campaign, but an ad came out Thursday that attacks the governor for being part of an attempt to avoid campaign laws.
Burke explained the change in her campaign approach Thursday.
“There is a lot that has happened in the last week, and what we have seen with regards to Scott Walker’s response to these criminal investigations and also the launching of an attack ad that has been labeled false by PolitiFact. Certainly there is a lot that has happened,” Burke said.
The Burke ads that focus on the John Doe investigation were scheduled to launch Thursday in every Wisconsin-based television market, including Madison.
The probe was halted last month by a federal judge. Walker calls the investigation a distraction from issues he'd rather talk about like jobs and the economy.
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