Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman recorded a robocall urging voters to support Adam Steen in tomorrow’s GOP primary, saying Assembly Speaker Robin Vos “never wanted a real investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin.”
Vos, R-Rochester, said the call shows how desperate Gableman is to remain relevant.
Former President Trump revealed during Friday’s rally for GOP guv candidate Tim Michels that Gableman was joining him in endorsing Steen, a self-employed investor who lives in Sturtevant. Trump also took shots at Vos for not trying to decertify the 2020 election results. Vos has said repeatedly that isn’t an option under the law.
In the call, shared with WisPolitics.com by a source and authenticated by Steen, Gableman urges voters to join him in supporting Steen.
He said “everything that my office and I have been able to do to expose all the corruption that took place has been in spite of Robin and not because of him.”
Vos approved a $676,000 taxpayer-financed budget for Gableman’s review, which was supposed to be wrapped up last fall. Vos also signed contract extensions to allow Gableman to continue his work and to have taxpayers cover the legal bills that have emerged due to several lawsuits filed seeking records from the probe.
By mid-June, the tab for the probe had already exceeded $1 million between the costs of the investigation and legal bills. Since then, two Dane County judges have ordered taxpayers to cover more than $260,000 in legal bills for the Washington, D.C.-based group that sued to obtain the records.
Gableman, who has been paid more than $100,000 for his work on the review over the past year, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
“Justice Gableman knows overturning the election is both unconstitutional and impossible,” Vos said. “His attempts to lie to voters and gain favor with Adam Steen are sad and show how desperate he is to remain relevant.”
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