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Pollster: Wisconsin voters likely won't drift away from Walker after doc dump

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pauses for a moment in Madison
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pauses for a moment in Madison

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Marquette pollster Charles Franklin says he does not believe Wisconsin voters will drift away from Governor Scott Walker.

That's after thousands of e-mails were released Wednesday about illegal campaigning by aides in his Milwaukee County executive's office.

National Democrats are raising questions about how much Walker knew about the activities for which his former county aide Kelly Rindfleisch was sentenced to six months in jail.

The liberal American Bridge 21st Century group has launched a Web site to blast the governor's role. Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has compared Walker to embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both of whom are potential White House hopefuls in 2016.

But former Republican National Committee political director Rick Wiley says the Democrats will overplay their hand -- and voters will find it's much ado about nothing.

The new revelations from Wednesday included Walker's coordination with a lieutenant governor's candidate in 2010, to raise more money from wealthy donors who maxed out their legal contributions to him.

Franklin says Christie's reported ties to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge are "very real to people." He said the Walker matter was investigated for a long time, before prosecutors decided he was not directly involved.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)