Urban Milwaukee’s Bruce Thompson blames another elected GOP official for not stepping up to stop Walker’s crooked idiocy - Attorney General Brad Schimel.
By not promptly calling a special election Walker broke Wisconsin law. Did no one warn him? What about Attorney General Brad Schimel? Good lawyers warn their clients when they are about to do something illegal.This is doubly funny because Schimel basically got his position as the GOP’s AG candidate in 2014 because he used his position as Waukesha County DA to let former GOP Speaker Scott Jensen off the hook for corruption with a slap on the wrist. After that plea deal, Jensen became a major launderer of Betsy DeVos’s money, which has been used in big amounts to elect Republicans who will throw more tax dollars to Wisconsin school voucher scam.
This case illustrates the danger that exists when partisans surround themselves with people who think just as they do. In such a hothouse environment, it is easy to conclude that others are just as partisan. A judge who rules against you? It is because she comes from Dane County—nothing to do with the merits of the case.
The solution to legal problems, according to this line of thinking, is to find a more sympathetic judge. So Schimel decides to appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Waukesha County, rather than the third district, which includes Dane County where he brought his suit.
Homer is more ethical...and competent.
Unlike the Jensen case, Schimel wasn’t the one that got to allow the suburba-GOP to get away with breaking the law last month. As a result, Thompson notes that Schimel got slapped down hard in his own backyard.
This attempt at judge shopping ended badly. The second circuit quickly rejected his appeal. Writing for the court and quoting language from Schimel’s appeal, Judge Paul Reilly wrote a heartfelt endorsement of the right to vote: “Representative government and the election of our representatives are never ‘unnecessary,’ never a ‘waste of taxpayer resources,’ and the calling of the special elections are, as the Governor acknowledges, his ‘obligation’ to follow.”Scotty and his then-campaign spokesman Tom Evenson had thae “block and delay” strategy on those vacant seats ready to go on the day that Walker appointed Frank Lassee and Keith Ripp, as a series of emails released to the Huffington Post revealed this week. And despite media members asking at the time "Can you do that?", Walker's team was like "Oh yeah, of course we can."
The temptation is to say that this was a victory for Democrats. It is more accurate, I think, to regard it as a victory for democracy.
As the Journal-Sentinel's Patrick Marley noted, Walker's attempt to prevent those elections from taking place did not go over well with Wisconsinites.
Among the dozens of letters, emails and postcards sent to the governor about special elections, I'm not seeing any in which constituents backed @ScottWalker's attempts to prevent them from being held.— Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) April 4, 2018
If you look at those responses, there are people from all over the state deluging Walker's office by mid-January, asking why these elections weren't being held. Walker's office was still feeding the "too expensive/session's over" lines, when both were complete bullshit at the time. In particular, calling the elections in mid-January would have allowed them to be held during the April 3 Spring elections that included the Supreme Court race, so it wouldn't have cost the locals a DIME. Never forget that Walker and Schimel chose not to do that.
This whole fiasco comes to down to a Governor and Attorney General who have no problems (ab)using their office for the GOP's own political means over the duties that taxpayers pay them to do. And I bet it helped explain why Dallet won by so much on Tuesday, and why people retained the State Treasurer position by more than 20 points, because Walker's and Schimel's disgusting act confirmed that these arrogant, fascist-leaning Republicans have to be checked any way possible.
And a whole lot of us must remind the public of the people who caused this mess, and make it another reason why both Walker and Schimel gotta get the boot this November.