Daddy, is that you? (photo: WisPolitics.com/wikimedia)

This just hit the interwebs a couple of hours ago:

Bernadette Gillick was a college freshman in 1988 when she first met Scott Walker. It was spring semester, and she had just transferred to Marquette University. She was assigned a room in O’Donnell Hall (then a women’s dormitory), which she shared with her new roommate, Ruth (not her real name). Ruth was dating Scott Walker, who was 20 at the time, and, according to Bernadette, Ruth was deeply in love with him.

Midway through that spring semester, Bernadette alleges, Ruth found out she was pregnant. She informed her boyfriend, Scott, and initially he was supportive. That support changed to callous indifference for his girlfriend’s predicament after Scott informed his parents of the pregnancy.

Bernadette reports that at this point Scott began denying that he was the father of the baby, and when Ruth said she was considering an abortion, he claimed he didn’t care, as he wasn’t the father anyway.

Bernadette remembers being present when Ruth was dealing with the wrath of Scott’s mother, who allegedly admonished Ruth for trying to “ruin [her son's] reputation.”


A variation of this rumor
was posted at Gawker late last month (like four days ago), though per then-Gawker writer Maureen O’Connor (who mentioned the rumor as one of the tips she received but never wrote up at the time) it was sent to her in February of 2011:

From: Countess Elizabeth Báthory of Hungary
To: Maureen O’Connor
Date: Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

I have, at this point, what is just a rumor, but it’s one from a reliable source and would be a GREAT scoop if it could be verified. Our high school educated Governor Scott Walker is reported to have been tossed out of Marquette University for impregnating a married, 30 year old woman. He is SUCH a family values guy.

From: Countess Elizabeth Báthory of Hungary
To: Maureen O’Connor
Date: Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Source has ZERO interest in being outed or even speaking on the record. Clue: long tenured faculty member. Scotty’s wife can’t be (or very unlikely is)”the” woman—she was 30 when he was 18-19 and they aren’t that far apart in age. I wish I could give you any more information. I’m not sure if he was thrown out of Marquette or made a deal to leave. Marquette is either a Jesuit or Catholic college—not sure if there is a difference, I plead religious ignorance, and this was in the mid 1980s. Clearly someone made some noise to bring it to the point of his kick out/leaving. Somewhere out there is a[n out-of-wedlock] Walker kid about the same age as you are, though doubtful the last name is Walker.

As you no doubt have noticed, there is a major discrepancy between the two stories — namely, the age of the lady Walker allegedly knocked up and then abandoned. One has her as a thirty-year-old; the other, as an eighteen-year-old student and Walker’s girlfriend at the time. Though it could be that Walker’s people may have started the thirty-year-old impregnatee story as a way to defuse the story about the eighteen-year-old that the co-op just received; debunking the Gawker rumor would be a way to imply that the co-op story was false as well, in that most people would get the two stories confused.

Don’t be surprised if Walker chooses not to address this at all in the next forty-eight hours. This isn’t the sort of thing he wants to discuss, not now.

UPDATE: Conspiracy theorists might well wonder if these rumors are being released to distract from this bit of news:

With the recall election less than two days away, federal prosecutors are closing in on Governor Scott Walker, according to veteran political reporter David Shuster, former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, and former district attorney Bob Jambois.

In a conference call organized by state Democrats on Saturday evening, June 2, Shuster, Lautenschlager, and Jambois laid out evidence that Walker is a target of a federal investigation.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Communications Director Graeme Zielinski added that there is evidence of wrongdoing after Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive, and that the investigation includes criminal activity during his time as governor.

Based on conversations with a lawyer who has knowledge of the investigation, “We believe that Scott Walker set up a secret computer network in the governor’s office and Department of Administration offices, and that the John Doe investigation is seeking evidence of crimes he committed in Madison,” Zielinski said.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE 2: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Reporter Daniel Bice (or someone claiming to be him) allegedly got a hold of the former roommate of Dr. Gillick’s. The roommate says that Dr. Gillick must have somehow ‘confused’ her story with that of another person’s, because the roommate says that while she was pregnant, Walker wasn’t the father. And that is likely to be that. (And the persons on the Barrett side who have been working to squelch this rumor can breathe a sigh of relief as the focus can go back to GOTV and Scott Walker as John Doe.)