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DOT's chief legal counsel resigns over explicit email sent to ex-Walker aides

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Transportation Department's chief legal counsel has lost his job over an explicit e-mail he sent to Scott Walker's former Milwaukee County aides.

John Schulze Jr. was working for the American Transmission Company in 2010, when he re-sent the Walker aides an old fake news release. It joked about legalizing prostitution to increase tourism and provide jobs for those on welfare.

The e-mail was among the 27,000 released last week in the court case of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch. She's appealing her conviction for doing illegal campaign work in the Milwaukee County executive's office.

The Madison weekly paper Isthmus first reported that Schulze left his job last Friday, two days after the e-mails were released. Governor Walker's chief spokesman Tom Evenson confirms it. He said, "The e-mail is in poor taste, and there is no room for this poor conduct in Governor Walker's administration."

Schulze wrote that he found the fake news release on an old zip drive. He has not commented on his departure.

Schulze was the DOT's chief lawyer since last May. He has also been an aide to former Governors Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum, and has worked in the Assembly and Senate staffs.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)