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Report: Walker campaign manager told aide to delay patient death settlement until post-election

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The manager of Scott Walker's 2010 campaign reportedly told a Milwaukee County aide to delay a legal settlement in a patient's death until after Walker could be elected governor.

The Journal Sentinel said the county government e-mails released last week included an exchange between Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes and a county aide about the death of 33-year-old Cindy Anczak.

She died at the county-owned Mental Health Complex where she lost 22 pounds in five weeks. Her parents filed a claim, and the Gilkes e-mail said he couldn't care what legal basis it was on.

He reportedly told the aide a couple weeks before the election to, "Keep it buried until November 2nd and then hopefully they'll settle." A $125,000 settlement didn't come until a year later.

Gilkes had not commented on the e-mail exchange by mid-afternoon.

It came out as part of 27,000 e-mails released in the court case of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch -- who's appealing a conviction for illegally campaigning on county time.

Anczak family lawyer Rock Pledl told the Journal Sentinel that when Milwaukee County had a choice between politics and saving patients' lives in the last 30 years, "politics was usually the winner."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)