In response to the criminal complaint filed against Brett Davis' former fundraiser Kelly Rindfleisch, that's the question I've heard asked more than any other in the last 24 hours.
If Davis was paying Rindfleisch a meager $1,000 a month, and he seemingly had unfettered access to her during regular office hours, are we really supposed to believe that Davis had no idea how she was spending her weekday mornings and afternoons? Did he think she was working third shift at a Kwik Trip to pay her bills?
Brett Davis is a smart guy. He's too smart to be that stupid. The fact that his fundraiser was allegedly doing her work out of an office that wasn't even 25 feet away from where Scott Walker was doing his work as County Executive is a big problem. Perhaps not for Walker, yet. I think it's too soon to presuppose what Walker knew of the coordinated campaign activity that was going on underneath his nose.
But surely, Brett Davis is now a political liability, and Scott Walker is not in a position to coddle people who were either breaking the law or aware of people who were. Especially when those people are serving in his administration. And given the abundance of written evidence that Rindfleisch left behind for prosecutors, there's zero doubt that her case is ending in either a conviction or a plea deal.
There is no benefit of the doubt to give Davis.