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Mary Burke takes shot at Gov. Walker for setting "low bar" for ethics

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke criticized Republican Governor Scott Walker Monday for setting, "such a low bar for campaign ethics."  

The former state commerce secretary told WBAY-TV in Green Bay that people have lost confidence in their politicians because of things like the recently released Milwaukee County e-mails. They confirmed a secret e-mail network involving staffers in Walker's county executive office, and Walker's campaign aides for his 2010 governor's race.

She promised to bring back, "the trust and honesty that we deserve for the highest office."

Walker, who was in Washington for a meeting of the National Governors' Association, said Monday there is no secret e-mail network in the governor's office -- and his staffers have stayed away from campaign activities.

However, Walker again refused to confirm whether he knew about the secret Milwaukee County network when he was the county executive.

A half-dozen former county staffers and associates were convicted of illegal campaigning and embezzlement after a three-year John Doe probe that officially ended last spring. One of those convicted, Kelly Rindfleisch, is still appealing.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)