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Hintz calls for removal of Republicans from elections committee who “promote the lie that the presidential election was stolen”

By: - January 14, 2021 2:45 pm

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Assembly Democratic leader Gordon Hintz is calling on Speaker Robin Vos to remove the members of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections who sent a letter “replete with false narratives impugning the integrity of Wisconsin’s election” to Vice President Mike Pence asking that he not permit the election results to be certified declaring Joe Biden the president-elect on Jan. 6.

Rep. Gordon Hintz

“The Speaker should remove these individuals from the Elections Committee immediately,” said Hintz in a statement. “Anyone using their elected position to promote the lie that the presidential election was stolen or reckless enough to call for sedition should be kept as far away from Wisconsin’s election laws as possible.” 

Fifteen Wisconsin state legislators signed on to the letter including four of the six Republican members whom Vos appointed to the election committee. That includes both the newly elevated committee chair Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Monomonee) — who also wrote in correspondence to her constituents that Donald Trump won the election — and vice-chair Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin). You can find the full list and the letter and what the groups described as “evidence” on the Examiner site.

Hintz quoted U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) saying, “Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy.”

Official legislative picture of Rep. Janel Brandtjen
Rep. Janel Brandtjen

He called for the legislators’ removal because Republicans leaders have declared election reform to be a top priority this session, and conspiracy theories to “feed” a political base disqualified them from making changes. 

“The words and actions of elected officials matter. The validation of baseless claims that echo President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election to stay in power contributed to the attack on our democracy,” Hintz added. “Anyone using their elected position to promote the lie that the presidential election was stolen or reckless enough to call for sedition should be kept as far away from Wisconsin’s election laws as possible.” 

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Melanie Conklin
Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.

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