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43 people in Milwaukee County DA's office sign Walker recall petitions


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Forty-three people who work in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office signed the Walker recall petitions.

But none of them are prosecutors who are working on the John Doe investigation into Scott Walker’s former county government aides.

The conservative research group Media Trackers said one of the 43 recall signers is a deputy DA. 19 are assistant D-A’s, and the rest are secretaries and clerks.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said his office does not have a policy that bars employees from signing recall petitions. But depending on their assignments, he says attorneys might have ethical or conflict of interest concerns which prohibit them from taking part in the political process.

Lovern and District Attorney John Chisholm are directly involved in John Doe probe of Walker aides – along with assistant DA’s Bruce Landgraf, Kurt Benkley, and David Robles. And none of them signed the Walker recall petitions.