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Gableman docs use personal attributes to ascertain apparent partisan leaning of election workers

By: - April 22, 2022 1:55 pm
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The former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice conducting a partisan review of the 2020 presidential election is digging into the personal backgrounds of city and election workers in an attempt to guess their partisan leanings and making assumptions based on their appearance and interests, according to documents he recently released. 

An unsigned memo titled “cross pollinators” lists a number of employees for the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), the city of Milwaukee and national voting rights groups. 

The memo, posted by Michael Gableman on Thursday after an open records lawsuit found he’d held back certain documents and deleted others, lists Hannah Bubacz, a Milwaukee geographic information system (GIS) analyst under a subheading labeled “liberally deplorable.” 

The section states that the analyst’s social media pages are “clean” of “rampant partisanship” but because she has a “weird nose ring,” “loves nature and snakes” and is unmarried but owns a home with her boyfriend, she’s likely a Democrat. 

The section lists her GIS work with groups that were working with the city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County to help administer the 2020 election as being potentially suspicious. Local governments frequently use GIS systems to map information such as property sales. 

The memo also lists other local officials whose names are misspelled, including Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, misspelled as “Wetzel,” and Green Bay City Clerk Celestine Jeffreys, misspelled as “Jeffries.” 

Gableman has focused on local officials and city employees as he’s conducted his review of the election, accusing them of bribery and election fraud and going as far as threatening to throw officials in jail. The allegations Gableman has made are baseless and have been repeatedly debunked by election officials and thrown out by the court system. The 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin was won by Joe Biden and has been confirmed by numerous recounts, audits, lawsuits and reviews. 

This is not the first time Gableman has used personal appearances to make judgements about the subjects of his review. Earlier this month, in an interview with a radio station, Gableman disparaged the clothing choices of WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe, saying “black dress, white pearls, I’ve seen the act, I’ve seen the show.”

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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.

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