Madison– Until this week, Democrat-appointed commissioners to the Wisconsin Elections Commission have consistently asserted that they are barred from appointing a new elections administrator. Their latest court filing now argues that they have had the power to appoint an administrator all along.
“Instead of misleading Wisconsinites and casting doubt on election administration, the Democrat appointed commissioners should do their job, appoint an administrator, and save taxpayers this needless litigation” Senate Majority Leader LeMahieu said.
WEC Commissioners Jacobs and Thomsen, and former-Commissioner Czarnezki have all falsely stated that they do not have authority to appoint a commissioner while Wolfe holds over.
In a complete reversal, the Commissioners have now admitted in court filings that “when there is a holdover, the appointing authority has an option . . . to make a new appointment.” They now assert that replacing Wolfe is their “prerogative” and that they could do it at any time.
“Ironically, WEC and Attorney General Kaul complained about the Legislature’s role, only to affirm our position that they could always appoint an administrator. It’s time to end the lawsuit and for WEC to replace Meagan Wolfe,” Speaker Vos concluded.