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Thousands of Walker aide documents released to the public

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - As of late Wednesday morning, no major political bombshells were exposed in the public release of documents tied to a convicted Milwaukee County Walker aide.

A state appeals court released 27,000 pages of e-mails and hundreds of other documents that Kelly Rindfleisch handled. She was sentenced to six months in jail for illegally doing Republican campaign work on taxpayers' time while in Scott Walker's county executive office.  

Rindfleisch lost an effort to keep the e-mails secret while she's appealing her case.

By late morning, the Journal Sentinel said John Doe prosecutors raided Walker's county office -- and the homes of Rindfleisch and other aides -- on the day before Walker was elected governor in November of 2010. The probe was expanded to include Rindfleisch, plus three other county aides who were never charged.  

Before the e-mails came out, the Republican Walker said he did not expect anything damaging, beyond the county allegations that led to the charges against about a half-dozen ex-Walker aides.

The governor had not seen the documents. But he said most of Wednesday's releases involve communications from a few years ago which already went through a legal review.

He downplayed his ties to Rindfleisch, and said he would stay focused on his current mission as governor -- cutting taxes and creating jobs.

With Walker up for re-election this fall, and considering a run for the White House in 2016, the Democratic National Committee is looking for nuggets it can exploit. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a news conference planned for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the document release.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)