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Gov's Office Denies Private Prosser Meeting

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)

MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The governor’s office denies that Scott Walker had a private meeting with State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, a day before the administration filed a major court action.

Prosser’s election opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, mentioned the purported meeting in her request for an outside investigation of the Waukesha County Clerk.

Kloppenburg asked for the probe Wednesday, as part of her request for a statewide recount in an election she lost to Prosser by less than one-half of one percent.

She said Justice Prosser and the Republican Walker met one-on-one the day after the April fifth election. The next day, Walker’s administration secretary asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lawsuit that’s blocking Walker’s effort to strip collective bargaining powers from most public employee unions.

Kloppenburg’s remark appeared to imply political involvement with a justice who’s supposed to be independent.

Walker aide Chris Schrimpf denies that the governor and Prosser met. But Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that 2 or 3 people confirmed the meeting with her – and one of them saw Prosser going in.

The administration’s request to the Supreme Court is still pending.