Saturday, June 26, 2021

Surprise! (not). Vos hires divisive partisan as voting 'probe' chief

WI GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced at the state GOP convention that he'd hired with taxpayer funds ex-Wi Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Gableman to oversee retired police officers Vos 

had already hired to chase after alleged 2020 election fraud.

That Vos announced Gableman's hiring at the GOP convention further exposes the blatantly partisan nature of the 'probe'.

After all, Gableman had already aligned himself with people who were recklessly claiming the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats. 

Hundreds gather to support President Trump at Serb Hall

The crowd waved flags, held up signs, chanted and listened to speakers, which included former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. 

Many of the people in the crowd said they agree with President Trump's false and baseless claims about election fraud or voter irregularities.... 

"I don't think anyone would be here if we all had confidence that this was an honest election," Gableman said. 

But there had long been plenty of evidence which suggested putting Gableman is absolutely the wrong person to examine the integrity of an election. 

* You may remember that Gableman won a State Supreme Court election in 2008 through a campaign which one veteran watchdog journalist labeled "vile."

Gableman -- unfit for any office 

 * And in case you have forgotten it, please watch the video of Gableman's speech while a sitting Justice at a Republican gathering in Green Lake in which he projects partisanship and biases onto Democrats and then-Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenberg who was running at the time against Gableman ally Justice David Prosser.

His dog whistle fear-mongering about Jesse Jackson and outsider "Illinois license" influences riding into Wisconsin should make any observer gag.

* I'd noted that Gableman appearance in a 2011 blog post (but the video link had since died, so access it in the paragraph, above), and I later wrote up a Gableman speaking role scheduled at another GOP, partisan event

Wisconsin's far rightwing, often-conflicted and corporately-beholden conservative majority had been correctly given a failing grade for ethics - details, here - - but we learned today via the indispensable Wisconsin Democracy Campaign that Associate Justice Michael Gableman has lowered the bar, broken it into splinters and tossed them into the judicial dumpster:

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who penned the court opinion that ended the controversial John Doe probe of Scott Walker’s campaign activities, is one of the featured speakers at a Republican Party fundraiser – along with the head of a shadowy rightwing group that the John Doe prosecutor was reportedly looking into. That group, Wisconsin Club for Growth, spent more than half a million dollars to get Gableman elected in 2008.
Gableman, who is among the court’s 5-2 conservative majority and faces reelection next year to a second 10-year term on the court, is scheduled to appear March 11 at the Barron County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner in Rice Lake.
In addition to Gableman, the director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, Eric O’Keefe, will also be a keynote speaker at the event.

Vos is just wasting more taxpayer money with Gableman's hiring and hoping to use a rigged investigation to rig future elections.

Sounds vile to me. 

1 comment:

Peter Felknor said...

Robbin' "Hazmat" Robin, not being quite as clever as the other children, will always be the last rat on the sinking ship.

You'd figure when Barr and Jared jumped ship, ol' Hazmat would have realized that the hour is late. But noooooo.