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)