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Evers Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court For His Own Attorney

He Says Walker's Attempt To Force Schimel To Represent Him Is An Abuse Of Power

Tony Evers
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television

State Superintendent Tony Evers has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to disqualify Attorney General Brad Schimel from representing him in a lawsuit related to the powers of his office.

Evers doesn’t want Schimel’s state Department of Justice to be his attorney because Schimel agrees with the position taken by a conservative law firm in a lawsuit against Evers. The lawsuit alleges Evers is in violation of a recently passed state law giving the governor oversight powers in the agency rule-making process.

Evers argues in Wednesday’s filing that the issue was resolved by the Supreme Court in a ruling earlier this year saying the governor doesn’t have authority over the state superintendent.

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Evers is running for governor as a Democrat. He says Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to force Schimel to represent him is an abuse of power.