Dean Knudson, a Republican commissioner on the Wisconsin Elections Commission, is rebuffing calls to resign.

The calls have come amid increased scrutiny targeting state election officials and the Racine County sheriff saying they be criminally charged.

“It was a shame what the Racine County sheriff did with that investigation,” the former GOP lawmaker said on WISN’s “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “I have no intent to resign, obviously.”

Republicans, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos who appointed Knudson to the commission, have not defended guidance the commission issued to nursing homes during the pandemic.

“He made a decision,” Vos said in a recent interview on WISN. “I’m not the judge. I’m not the jury, but I certainly think if you choose to break the law, you have to pay a price.”

Knudson said in response he’s willing to be held accountable like all leaders.

“I have great respect and admiration for Speaker Vos,” Knudson said. “He’s a master of political strategy and tactics. He’s played a key role in all the conservative reforms in the last dozen or so years in Wisconsin, and I’ve fought and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him. And on this, there really isn’t any question. He’s not infallible. He is wrong about this.”

Knudson insists Republicans and the commission must look ahead to future elections, promising Wisconsin’s elections are “clean and accurate and trustworthy.”

“Really what happened in Wisconsin is Trump lost and he lost because too many Republicans voted for Biden,” Knudson said.

Also on the show, activist investor Jonathan Duskin and CEO of Macellum Advisors defended his intensifying public pressure for Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s to make dramatic changes to the company and consider a sale.

“You know, honestly, we’re just here to help,” Duskin said. “We look for companies that we think are struggling that usually are good companies that could be great companies.”

The Fortune 500 company has received several offers. Company officials said in a recent statement the board “will determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders.”

Duskin said he’s not pushing for Kohl’s to move its headquarters out of Wisconsin, and doesn’t anticipate it would, despite a potential sale.

“When the company is run more efficiently and more effectively it will generate more profits and actually the people in Menomonee Falls will actually make more money,” Duskin said. “So we’re actually not trying to eliminate headquarters. It’s not a cost-cutting story at all. It’s almost the opposite.”

And finally, former Wisconsin GOP Chair Andrew Hitt said in a statement he’ll cooperate with the House Jan. 6 Select Committee’s subpoena issued Friday to him and De Pere Alderwoman Kelly Ruh, who was state party secretary at the time.

The subpoenas issued to two Wisconsin Republicans were part of 14 in total to party leaders in seven states as the committee investigates ‘fake electors’ and the attempt to send electoral college certificates for Trump in states Biden won.

“My suspicion is that they aren’t the people that are being targeted by the committee or that would be targeted by a legal investigation,” said Rick Klein, ABC News political director. “What they know and who they were in touch with and what exactly they said could be of big interest as they build out a broader case.”

Hitt said in a statement that Republican electors were “simply following the guidance of Wisconsin legal counsel to preserve the ongoing Wisconsin legal strategy.”

See more on the subpoenas in the Friday REPORT:
https://www.wispolitics.com/2022/220128report/#story-1

See more from the show:
https://www.wisn.com/upfront

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