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Lawsuit: Gov. Walker's campaign staff helped release O'Donnell Park ramp info

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker’s campaign staff helped coordinate the release of information about the 2010 Milwaukee parking ramp accident that killed a teenager.

That’s according to newly-released e-mails stemming from a lawsuit by the victim’s family.

A 15-year-old boy was on his way to Summerfest when he was leaving the O’Donnell Park ramp, and an exterior concrete panel fell onto him from the second story.

Milwaukee County owns the ramp, and Walker was the county executive who was running for governor at the time.

According to the new e-mails, county Walker aide Cindy Archer was concerned that the executive’s office might be responding too quickly to requests for information about the incident from political opponents.

The State Democratic Party and Walker’s GOP primary opponent had asked for the records. One draft statement quoted Walker as saying, “It is disgusting that anyone would use a tragedy for such blatant political purposes.”

Archer said she was told by Walker’s campaign manager that the governor’s general election opponent – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett – waited three months before acknowledging requests for public records.

Former Walker aide Tim Russell speculated that a car might have pushed the concrete slab to the ground. The company that built the slab is using that theory as a key defense point in its lawsuit.