The Wisconsin state Senate voted Tuesday to oust the administrators of the state’s Ethics and Elections commissions after Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he and most Republicans have “no confidence” in them.
The votes fell on party lines. Fitzgerald said Tuesday evening that both administrators had been terminated as state employees.
Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, called for Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas and Ethics Commission administrator Brian Bell to resign last month, citing concerns with “partisan influence remaining” in the two commissions that replaced the now-defunct Government Accountability Board.
Even if these two were as clean as the driven snow (Bell might have been. Haas most certainly was not), they are tainted by their employment by the corrupt GAB, and everything the Elections and Ethics Commissions touch would also have been tainted. They had to go. And the failure of the commissioners to clean up their staff on their own doesn’t speak well of their competence.