(The Center Square) — Now that Wisconsin’s special election investigator has been fired, one of the Republican lawmakers who led the investigation into the 2020 election wants to know what will happen with the Wisconsin Elections Commission .
Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, said Monday Assembly Speaker Robin Vos needed to be as tough on the commission as he was on former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman.
“Speaker Vos recently called me a ‘thug.’ Why doesn’t he have words for the anarchic Wisconsin Election Commission?” Rep. Brandtjen said in a statement. we from a rogue agency when it comes to the fact that WEC sued him?”
On Friday, President Vos fired Judge Gableman from the 2020 election inquiry.
President Vos said Judge Gableman’s investigation got off to a good start, but “went off the rails” at one point.
“He bought into Janel Brandtjen’s rhetoric, which is to say she’s an election conspiracy denier,” the speaker said last week.
“President Vos is trying to appease voters by saying that the new election bills will fix election integrity issues,” Rep. Brandtjen added. “The WEC, formed by the legislature, routinely acts beyond the law and puts our elections at risk. The report (Legislative Audit Bureau) and Judge Gableman’s report determined how the WEC acted lawlessly. We don’t need more laws that the WEC can ignore; we need more control, which is the job of the legislature.
Rep. Brandtjen is one of many lawmakers who want to get rid of the Election Commission. President Vos has been less committed to the idea, saying he would rather focus on passing new election integrity laws.
“The WEC is an anarchic agency that constantly claims its advice is the law, as is the ruling that the ballot boxes were illegal. The list of WEC violations of law is so long and embarrassing that the speaker had to fire Judge Gableman and refused to speak to me for months,” Rep. Brandtjen added.
Rep. Brandtjen heads the Assembly’s Campaigns and Elections Committee and has launched an investigation through that committee. It is unclear whether she will retain that committee when lawmakers return for the next legislative session in January.