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The story that Scott Walker abandoned his pregnant girlfriend in college (dKos diary link) apparently failed the first test of verification by a professional reporter. Daniel Bice, the "Watchdog" columnist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online interviewed the anonymous woman who had the baby, but she adamantly denied that Scott Walker was the father according to a comment by Daniel Bice to the linked story.

Daniel BiceJune 3, 2012 at 3:15 amReply

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.

We need to be careful with stories like this that haven't been verified. Yes, someone could be impersonating Daniel Bice, but the comment rings true to me. Yes, the woman who had the baby could be covering up for some undisclosed reason, but we have zero evidence of that. Note, the official CCAP family court records that Daniel Bice and others accessed do not indicate that governor Scott Walker was the father.

I contacted Daniel Bice for verification with the question,

Did you write this comment or were you impersonated?
Yeah - I got 20-some emails about this apparently bogus rumor. My managing editor suggested that I make what i knew clear to the numerous people calling and writing in based on the prof's email.

We don't generally do stories shooting down rumors, so I went to the blog and posted what I knew.

Minor detail: I am a MJS columnist.

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On Jun 3, 2012, at 12:57 PM, George X wrote:

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> 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."
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> I posted this story at Dailykos this morning and want to clarify if you really said what was attributed to your name.
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> If you didn't write it I will make that clear and clean up my post.
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