One of the many things that Wisconsin Republicans have been having histrionics about is the future of Wisconsin Elections Commission Director Meagan Wolfe. In the Republicans’ fevered minds, Wolfe is the embodiment of The Big Lie and thus she needs to be punished. So they concocted this scheme which would allow them to fire her so that they could more easily manipulate future election results.
However, the Democrats outmaneuvered them using their own tactics, leaving Wolfe firmly in her position for now. Despite the fact that they could no longer vote on Wolfe’s future, the Republicans decided to hold a hearing about it anyway. It turned out that the hearing was nothing more than a Big Lie revival meeting.
The Republicans were told by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul that they had nothing to legally vote on. The legislature’s attorneys told them that they have nothing to legally vote on. Can you see where this is going?
On Friday, State Senator Dan Knodl issued a statement saying that on Monday – say it with me – he’s going to take a vote. He further explained that he feels it’s his constitutional obligation to take an illegal vote on nothing:
Republicans in the Senate have nonetheless moved forward with standard confirmation proceedings. The committee vote scheduled for Monday would be a step toward full Senate vote.
Republican Senator Dan Knodl, who chairs the elections committee, said in a statement that he’s fulfilling a constitutional obligation to take a vote on the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
“Senator Knodl is fulfilling his constitutional duties, made clear by Senate Resolution 3, by scheduling a vote on the reappointment of the Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator,” the statement reads.
Furthermore, Knodl is taking the vote via paper ballots, so there is no track of how any of the committee members voted or if what Knodl says the vote was is even what the actual tally was..
It sure seems like a lot of trouble to go through for something that no court would ever uphold.