MADISON (WKOW) – The frontrunner to be Gov. Tony Evers’ Republican challenger next fall declined to say on Friday whether as governor she would sign a bill making lawmakers the ultimate decision-maker on election victory .
When asked if she would sign such legislation if she held the highest office of state, Rebecca Kleefisch said she had not seen any drafted legislation proposing to give electoral certification powers to the legislature.
“So I think it would probably be extremely premature for me to comment on a bill that hasn’t even been drafted or an idea that I’ve heard floating around,” Kleefisch said.
In January, an Arizona Republican state official drafted a bill that would allow lawmakers to overturn the results of a presidential election. Representative Shawnna Bolick of Phoenix has proposed allowing the legislature to take away the ability of the Secretary of State to nominate the state’s presidential voters.
Arizona’s legislative session ended without Bolick’s bill being passed. Lawmakers there passed a bill that took responsibility for defending the lawsuits of the secretary of state, now a Democrat, and instead handed it over to the attorney general who is now a Republican.
In December, PBS Wisconsin reported that two representatives of the Republican state of Wisconsin, Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Representative David Steffen (R-Green Bay), joined a lawsuit arguing that state legislatures should have the final say on a state’s election certification. results. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in January.
Lawmakers in Wisconsin have not proposed a bill similar to the one that was not brought forward in Arizona.
“You’re talking about an idea I’ve never heard of among lawmakers or even the people I talk to across the state,” Kleefisch said. “So for me to try to comment on the future text of the bill that has not been drafted would be terribly premature and irresponsible.”
Ann Jacobs, a Democratic member of the six-member Wisconsin Election Commission and currently chair of the WEC, described the Arizona bill and the trial Mursau and Steffen joined as “anti-American and anti-democratic. “.
“Any political candidate who makes it a policy or refuses to denounce it refuses to denounce anything that is anathema to our American way of life,” said Jacobs.
Earlier this week, the Assembly-appointed investigator into how Wisconsin conducted the November election issued subpoenas to mayors of the state’s five largest cities before going back on the document request and testimony in at least some of the municipalities according to Madison City Attorney Michael Haas.
Messages to the appointed special adviser, former State Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman, were not immediately returned. The Gableman operation receives $ 676,000 in taxpayer dollars.
Following dozens of court challenges and recounts in the state’s two most populous counties, courts have held that President Joe Biden won Wisconsin last November by more than 20,000 votes.