At some point, elected officials will catch on and learn that using a private email as opposed to a .gov address does not protect one’s emails during a criminal federal inquiry. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s aide sent a “time for some traffic problems” email from her Gmail account, obviously thinking that this would somehow shield her from investigation. And in an email dump relating to the investigation of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a dump of over 27,000 emails revealed that Walker’s deputy chief of staff was all too giddy when responding to racist and offensive emails.
Here’s a a taste from New York Magazine:
In response to the welfare dog email, Rindfleisch wrote back: “That is hilarious. And so true!”
But it wasn’t just the jokes that have offended people since, as the Journal Sentinel reports, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch was the gift that just kept on giving:
In the unguarded emails, other vulnerable groups also came in for criticism from Rindfleisch. She predicted that news coverage of harm to patients at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex wouldn’t move voters because “no one cares about crazy people.”
The emails came to light on Wednesday but Gov. Walker’s office has not commented on the content of the emails.
Rindfleisch’s attorney said that the “emails aren’t relevant to her prosecution and should have never been taken by authorities or released to the public in response to lawsuits by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media.”