Walker-Appointed Judge Just Gave Republican Governor A Huge Middle Finger

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has not held special elections in two legislative districts for months now, but a judge he appointed just gave him the middle finger. Walker knows the blue wave is about to hit so he declined to call those elections after two Republican lawmakers stepped down to join his administration in December. Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled Thursday that Walker must call special elections to fill two vacant seats in the Legislature.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Walker’s plan would have left the seats vacant for more than a year but voters in those areas took the Governor to court with the help of a group headed by Eric Holder, the first attorney general under former President Barack Obama.


Reynolds determined that Walker had a duty under state law to hold special elections so voters could be represented in the Legislature.

“To state the obvious, if the plaintiffs have a right to vote for their representatives, they must have an election to do so,” Reynolds said.

After Walker claimed he didn’t have to hold the elections, the judge took a shot at the Republican Governor.

“I cannot reconcile the incongruity between Gov. Walker’s administration’s very vocal and consistent policy advocating for strict constructionism and the position taken by the attorney general in this case involving the most basic constitutional guarantee,” Reynolds said.

Speaker Robin Vos apparently doesn’t know that Walker appointed the judge.

Republicans are desperately trying to stop this.

State law requires Walker to call for an election to fill a vacancy that occurs before the second Tuesday in May of an election year.


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