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Democratic committee members denounce ‘forum for debunked conspiracies’ at Assembly hearing next week

By: - December 4, 2020 5:01 pm
Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa headshot

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa

As Trump’s last-ditch efforts to overturn Wisconsin’s presidential election results wind their way through the courts, Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Majority Leader Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) announced that the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections will hold a public hearing about the 2020 presidential election on Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

“With numerous concerns brought forward, we will proceed with the election investigation,” Vos said in a statement. “We must ensure that every legal vote was counted and begin working to eliminate questionable practices that undermine the integrity of the vote.”

 “We owe it to the voters of Wisconsin that all claims of voter fraud are investigated,” Steineke added. “It’s vital that we can have confidence in our state’s electoral process.”

Committee chair Rep. Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) will provide a report of his findings on election practices and claims of fraud to the committee members and invite speakers to testify.

Democratic committee members immediately pushed back on Republican members’ claims about voting irregularities that require investigating. 

“When the Speaker first floated his idea for this sham hearing almost one month ago, it was irresponsible, unnecessary, and unfounded. Now that the results have been scrutinized and confirmed again and again, this cynical attempt to undermine the will of the people is shameful,” Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa (D – Milwaukee), Lisa Subeck (D – Madison) and Mark Spreitzer (D – Beloit) said in a joint statement.

“If hearings around the country are any indication, the upcoming hearing on state election procedures will be a forum for debunked conspiracies and outright lies,” the Democratic committee members added. “It is beyond time for the Speaker and his party to accept that President Trump lost Wisconsin and lost the Presidential election. Their attempts to cast doubt on that legal result are serving only to further undermine our democratic institutions. Election officials in Wisconsin have demonstrated time and time again that they acted legally and ethically when administering this election.”

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Ruth Conniff
Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.

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