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'Recall Walker' sign found in front yard of John Doe chief investigator

'Recall Walker' sign found in front yard of John Doe chief investigator

By Dan O'Donnell. CREATED May 21, 2012

MILWAUKEE- Newsradio 620 WTMJ has confirmed that the chief investigator in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office John Doe investigation into Governor Walker's then-county executive administration had a "Recall Walker" sign in his front lawn and a pro-labor Wisconsin fist logo sign on his door.

The conservative group Media Trackers Monday morning released a picture showing those signs in the front yard of David Budde.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ reached Budde by phone Monday morning, but when he was told who was calling, he said "No Comment" and quickly hung up the phone before Newsradio 620 WTMJ could ask any questions.

In a news release issued Monday afternoon, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm wrote that Budde, "said that his wife, who is a county employee, placed a recall sign in the front yard of their residence one week ago."

Republicans have charged that the John Doe investigation is politically motivated as Governor Walker faces a recall election in 15 days, but the district attorney's office has repeatedly denied that politics play any role in any of its investigations.

In his statement, Chisholm said:

"David Budde did not sign the recall petition and has conducted himself professionally and independently in this investigation.

"Any decisions related to the John Doe Investigation are based on the evidence and not on the political views of any member of this office or their families."