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Wisconsin Ethics, Elections Heads Battle For Their Jobs

Republican-Controlled Senate Plans Vote To Reject Haas, Bell Confirmations

Wisconsin State Capitol
katie wheeler (CC BY-NC)

The embattled leaders of the Wisconsin agencies that run elections and enforce ethics laws are engaging in a public relations campaign to save their jobs, with a torrent of tweets and personal letters to lawmakers replete with examples designed to show off their nonpartisan stripes.

The Republican-controlled Senate plans a Tuesday vote to reject their confirmations, a move Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, says will force them out of their jobs.

Ethics Commission administrator Brian Bell sent senators a packet of information Wednesday to defend himself, including a letter excoriating the disbanded Government Accountability Board as too partisan.

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Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas has been tweeting reasons he should keep the job, including a video from 2011 of him confronting protesters at the old GAB office.

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