Sometimes, the powerful politicians handled mundane requests, too. Seifert emailed Walker’s staff about a ‘‘random request from Laura Ingraham,’’ noting that the conservative radio talk show host had contacted him and needed help hiring a new executive producer. But he made clear what he thought of Ingraham’s request: ‘‘We've got a million other more pressing priorities,’’ he wrote.
The emails included at least one embarrassing snub by Ryan. Riemann, from the governor’s office, emailed the congressman’s office to ask for help coordinating a tour of the U.S. Capitol for Walker’s wife, Tonette, who expected to travel to Washington. Such tours are known as dome tours. Ryan’s staff said he was too busy to accommodate the request.
‘‘Sorry, Paul doesn’t do dome tours,’’ Ryan’s scheduler wrote back. ‘‘He never has, so sorry we can’t be of assistance there.’’
Associated Press writers Ted Bridis, Jack Gillum and Andrew Miga in Washington, and Roger Schneider in Milwaukee, contributed to this report.