Wisconsin Labor Battle Costs Indiana Prosecutor His Job : It's All Politics An Indiana county prosecutor resigned after it was discovered he sent an e-mail to Gov. Scott Walker's office suggesting the Wisconsin chief executive stage an attack on himself to discredit his Democratic Party and union opponents.
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Wisconsin Labor Battle Costs Indiana Prosecutor His Job

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's fight with Democrats and organized labor continues to cost public employees their jobs — in Indiana.

A deputy county prosecutor tendered his resignation Thursday after it was discovered he had sent an e-mail to Walker's office suggesting that the Wisconsin governor stage an attack on himself to discredit his Democratic and union opponents.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found an e-mail suggesting the governor fake an attack, perhaps even one that used a gun, that bore the name of the now former prosecutor, Carlos Lam.

The e-mail was among thousands of e-mails the center and several other news organizations received as part of a Freedom of Information request.

As the center reports on its Wisconsinwatch.org web site:

Carlos F. Lam submitted his resignation shortly before the Center published a story quoting his Feb. 19 email, which praised Walker for standing up to unions but went on to say that the chaos in Wisconsin presented "a good opportunity for what's called a 'false flag' operation."

"If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions' cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions," the email said.

"Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam."

At 5 a.m. Thursday, expecting the story to come out that day, Lam called his boss, Johnson County, Ind., Prosecutor Brad Cooper, and told him he had been up all night thinking about it.

"He wanted to come clean, I guess, and said he is the one who sent that email," Cooper said.

As the story also mentions, another now-former Indiana law enforcement official, Jeffrey Cox, was state deputy attorney general at the time he tweeted that Wisconsin police should use live ammunition to chase the protesters from the Madison state capitol building.

Cox wound up inflicting friendly fire on himself. He was fired.