Walker Denies Medicaid Director’s Departure Is Linked To John Doe Emails

Brett Davis, Man Whose Campaign Kelly Rindfleisch Was Convicted For Working On, Leaves Position For Private Sector Job

Above, Walker during a recent visit to a veterans home. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.

Gov. Scott Walker says the resignation of Wisconsin’s Medicaid Director Brett Davis isn’t related to the release of emails from the John Doe investigation that partly involved his Milwaukee County staffer Kelly Rindfleisch.

Rindfleisch was convicted of working on Davis’s failed campaign for lieutenant governor in 2010 while on her job under then-County Executive Walker. A judge recently ordered the release of more than 27,000 pages of Rindfleisch’s emails, some of which referred to Davis’s campaign.

Walker said that has nothing to do with the resignation.

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“He’s been there for three-plus years, done an effective job, got an offer from the private sector and we’ll look at a number of reasonable candidates to put in that position,” said Walker.

As Medicaid director, Davis spearheaded Walker’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin. He said he is leaving the administration for an unnamed job in the private sector.