After the first Scott Walker John Doe investigation and recall, the Republican legislature decided they wanted to replace the Government Accountability Board with their own very partisan panel of appointees to oversee elections. They weren't happy with some of their calls against Republican candidates.
jsonline-Jason Stein: State Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald … said the state might need to replace its elections and ethics agency, saying it has strayed from its nonpartisan mission.
jsonline-Patrick Marley: The state Senate's incoming leader said Monday he would like to take retired judges off the state's nonpartisan elections and ethics board and replace them with political appointees.Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), said he believed the state Government Accountability Board has made decisions favoring Democrats and that putting political appointees on the board would "strike more of a balance." "GAB, it's not working the way it's supposed to," Fitzgerald said.
Claiming everyone has a political point of view, it only made sense to put their majority party in charge of elections. But after a whole lot of public blowback, that didn’t happen…until now.
jsonline: Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday he had appointed former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge John Franke as a member of the state's elections and ethics board … rather than renew the appointment of board member Michael Brennan. The accountability board consists of six former … With the latest appointment, the board now includes five members appointed by Walker. The sixth member was appointed by former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat.
It appears Walker took his time with this one, so he could quietly weaken elections enough to guarantee the boards approval to cheat legally. We’ll see. I should point out a tweet from John noted: "one of those five Walker appointees was a reapointment of a member originally appointed by Doyle."