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Walker downplays change at Government Accountability Office

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Scott Walker's office denies that the governor essentially removed David Deininger from the state Government Accountability Board because of the panel's support of the John Doe probe into the recall elections. A recent court filing unveiled that the Board voted unanimously last June to approve the state's current investigation. It's looking into alleged illegal coordination between outside groups and G-O-P recall election candidates -- including Walker in 2012. Last fall, the governor pulled back Deininger's re-nomination to the accountability board.

Deininger, who had chaired the board, won't comment on a possible political link. He tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he doesn't know why his appointment was pulled. Deininger noted that two other board members -- Tim Vocke and Gerald Nichol -- also backed the John Doe probe, and their re-appointments are still pending in the Senate.

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick told the paper that Deininger simply did not have the Senate's support. She said the idea that the John Doe was a factor is quote, "a bogus political argument" that holds no merit.