Gableman Backs Vos Primary Opponent
Assembly Speaker Vos hired Gableman more than a year ago to lead 2020 election review.
In a robocall obtained by WisPolitics, Gableman suggested that Vos had stood in the way of the investigation rather than supporting it.
“You know, Robin Vos never wanted a real investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin, and everything that my office and I have been able to do to expose all the corruption that took place has been in spite of Robin and not because of him,” Gableman said in the recording.
Gableman’s report on his investigation, delivered to the state Legislature in early March, was highly critical of the way the election was administered — though it did not uncover widespread fraud. Gableman told lawmakers they should consider overturning President Joe Biden‘s victory in Wisconsin, a move election law experts say is impossible. The Washington Post reported that Gableman later sent a private memo to Vos telling the speaker that decertification was “a practical impossibility.”
In a statement responding to Gableman’s endorsement of Steen, Vos’ campaign told WisPolitics that Gableman knew overturning the election was both unconstitutional and impossible.
President Joe Biden won Wisconsin by about 21,000 votes — a margin similar to several other razor-thin statewide elections in recent years.
Trump visited Wisconsin Friday in an event that was originally billed as “in support of Tim Michels for Governor of Wisconsin and the entire Wisconsin Trump Ticket.” Trump endorsed Michels in June, giving him the nod over other Republicans including former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
While Trump gave Michels top billing at his rally, he also spent time promoting Steen, shining a spotlight on a candidate who was until recently a political unknown outside of the district. The former president also attacked Vos, calling him a RINO, shorthand for “Republican In Name Only.”
Trump also used his speech to repeatedly praise Gableman, who was in the crowd for the rally and delivered a prayer to begin the event.
Gableman remains under a taxpayer-funded contract with Vos that includes no expiration date. Under the terms of the contract, either Gableman or Vos can terminate the agreement by providing written notice to the other party.
Listen to the WPR report here.
More than year after being hired by Robin Vos, Michael Gableman looks to put powerful speaker out of a job was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.