Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s chief of staff Keith Gilkes resigns

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s chief of staff, who helped guide the administration through this year’s tumultuous wrangling over union rights and passage of the governor’s first state budget, said Friday he’s stepping down to return to the private sector.

Keith Gilkes said he’ll leave the $112,000-per-year job as of Oct. 8 to return to his one-man business as a political consultant. Gilkes, 34, hinted the timing was linked to promised efforts to recall Walker over his push for sweeping changes that stripped away almost all public union collective bargaining powers.

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