MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Gov. Scott Walker will not be charged in the John Doe Investigation. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee governmental affairs professor Mordecai Lee calls this true vindication. And he sees Walker heading to the national stage in the near future.
"Some politicians are lucky and some politicians are very skillful, Scott Walker is both lucky and skillful," said Lee. "he lawyer-ed up his campaign lawyer-ed he was very careful not to make it a partisan issue of attacking a Democratic D.A."
The investigation examined embezzlement and campaign finance fraud in the Milwaukee County Executive's office during the period when Walker served. Six people were charged and three of them were former Walker employees. The state did not find any misconduct on Walker's behalf.
"Whether that was because indeed he was a boy scout and/or because the staff who were implicated did not mention him that's sort of something we'll leave to historians to decide," added Lee.
Lee says this was like a dark cloud that hung over Walker's head. He feels we're going to see a vigorous effort for Walker to develop a bigger audience.
"Every politician in America wants to be president because that's the top of the heap, in Governor Walker's case I think it's reasonable to think that he might have some national success," said Lee.
The UW-Milwaukee professor says the John Doe Investigation held Walker back from becoming Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice in 2012. Now that he's been cleared, Lee feels Walker could not only win a second term for governor, but you could see a push for him to run for president in 2016.