MADISON - Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following news that Jeff Stone was using a Scott Walker operative for campaign skullduggery:

"Jeff Stone has himself engaged in shady ethical practices over the years, most prominently his efforts to give away control over Mitchell Field to a cabal of businessmen, not to mention a scofflaw attitude to the Greenfield printing shop in his father-in-law's basement. But now, even as Stone tries to muddy the waters about his strong ties to Scott Walker, with whom he has not opposed a single time as governor, Stone is embracing Walker's all-time dirty trickster. Tim Russell is Walker's closest adviser and integrally tied to the various scandals that have put an ethical cloud over Walker's career. Now, that same ethical cloud hangs over Stone. Milwaukee County cannot endure in Jeff Stone any more of these Walker ways."