As reported by the Associated Press, Madison, Wisconsin On Monday, Wisconsin’s Democratic secretary of state asked that a Republican quit his job on the Wisconsin Elections Commission because he was a fake elector for former President Donald Trump and admitted that their work was used to try to illegally overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Bob Spindell was one of ten Republicans who signed papers in 2020 that said Trump had won Wisconsin when he hadn’t. The competitive state went to President Joe Biden.
Spindell and the other nine fake electors admitted last week in a court deal that Biden had won the state. They also agreed not to be electors in any election that Trump is running for, including the next one. Also, they both agreed that what they did was “part of an illegal effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
But they didn’t pay any damages, take responsibility, or say they were wrong for what they did.
Spindell is one of three Republicans on the Wisconsin Elections Commission. There are also three Democrats on the commission. Voicemails and texts sent to Spindell last week and on Monday asking for comment were not returned. Even though the commission is in charge of the state’s elections, the more than 1,800 local election clerks in Wisconsin are the ones who truly run the races.
Wis. Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski was the latest Democrat to say that Spindell should lose his seat on the bipartisan elections committee on Monday.
In a talk, Godlewski said, “He is clearly not fit.” “He need to be fired because he lacks morals and the ability to follow the law.”
The office of the secretary of state in Wisconsin doesn’t run the elections, but it does get the proof of votes from the electors of the state. They sent the fake one to the office in 2020, along with news of the settlement last week, in which Spindell and the others admitted that they had tried to change the election results in a way that was not legal.
Godlewski said, “I can’t look the other way when I hear that a public official lied to my office.”
In her message to Devin LeMahieu, the Republican leader of the Senate, Godlewski said that Spindell’s admissions as part of the legal settlement were reasons to fire him from the commission.
“It is disgusting that Robert Spindell Jr., as Election Commissioner, sent a fake election document to Wisconsin’s Secretary of State as part of a larger plan to ignore the will of the people,” Godlewski wrote to LeMahieu.
Spindell was put on the commission for the first time in 2019. In 2021, LeMahieu gave him a new five-year term. Spindell will be a member of the panel until the 2024 presidential election and afterward unless he quits or is removed.
In an interview released the same day as the deal, LeMahieu said he didn’t know about it and didn’t know the specifics. Since then, LeMahieu has not responded to any texts, not even the one on Monday asking for comment.
Ever since he was the fake elector in 2020, Democrats have been asking for Spindell to be fired from the commission. A lot of people wanted him to be fired last year after he said that Republican methods in Milwaukee during the 2022 midterm election made Black and Hispanic voters less likely to vote. Spindell wouldn’t step down at that time.
The Wisconsin Republicans presented a bill this month that would give the final say on elections to the GOP-controlled Legislature but put the office of the secretary of state in charge of them. Godlewski said she doesn’t agree with that bill and doesn’t want her office to be in charge of running elections. The Democratic governor said he would veto the change if it passed.
The current system “has been giving the state of Wisconsin free and fair elections, and I’m going to keep supporting that,” Godlewski said.