A quick review…late last night, a Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-Op article told Dr. Bernadette Gillick’s story of her friend “Ruth” – who allegedly had a child with Scott Walker while they were students at Marquette University.
At 3:15am, someone posted a comment to that article, claiming to be Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “No Quarter” columnist Dan Bice. This comment was posted as part of a Daily Kos entry, questioning the validity of the claim:
“I am getting a lot of emails because of this post. Two things: (1) I tracked down and talked to Dr. Gillick’s freshman-year roommate at MU yesterday, and she adamantly denies that Walker is the father of her child. Yes, she got pregnant as a first-year student, but she believes Dr. Gillick is mixing up stories; and (2) I Can Read CCAP has taken a family court suit involving Scott Alan Walker and mixed it up with the governor, Scott Kevin Walker.”
There are several critical points to be made in regard to this story:
Dr. Gillick is a respected and highly esteemed researcher at the University of Minnesota. If she were making these allegations without merit and only on political grounds, she would lose her job, for violating ethical standards at a public university. The fact that she has legal representation in this matter also speaks to her having some evidence beyond a college story.
The CCAP case entry from 2004 referenced by the “Bice” comment does not fit the necessary timing to be relevant to this case. To wit:
Dr. Gillick’s account took place in 1988 (she graduated in 1991) while she and her roommate “Ruth” were Freshmen. Scott Walker is said to have been 20 at the time. Indeed, these dates are consistent with historical facts.
The Scott Walker referenced in the “Bice” comment of Family Court CCAP record was born in April, 1961. The woman in the record (mother of the child) was born in 1962. There is no possible way Dr. Gillick would confuse, or have even known this “other” Scott Walker, much less been roommates with the mother at Marquette. They are both 6 – 7 years older that any of the parties cited by Dr. Gillick.
The bottom line – this “CCAP” alibi is a ready-made cover story for Walker supporters. There is some merit to this story, and it should be allowed to develop as more real evidence is brought to light. In the meantime, continue the push to GOTV – making history is within our reach. That is the focus.