The Assembly GOP caucus will meet tomorrow after Speaker Robin Vos fired Michael Gableman.
“I really don’t think there’s any need to have a discussion,” Vos said on WISN’s “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “He did a good job last year, kind of got off the rails this year. Now we’re going to end the investigation.”
Vos hired Gableman to investigate the 2020 election, at one point paying him $11,000 a month in a taxpayer-funded salary.
Gableman publicly turned on Vos in recent weeks, siding with former President Trump in endorsing and campaigning for Vos’ primary opponent Adam Steen.
Unofficial results show Vos winning this past Tuesday’s primary by 260 votes.
“To somehow say we were never serious about the investigation, that’s a bold-faced lie,” Vos said. “I would say you lost the confidence of the caucus. You have lost the confidence of our leadership team, which is very clear in meeting with you, focus on the investigation, focus on winning the lawsuits, don’t engage in partisan politics, don’t bring attention to yourself. He couldn’t help himself. He did just that.”
Vos expressed confidence he will be re-elected Assembly speaker for the new legislative session, and he cast serious doubt he would reappoint Rep. Janel Brandtjen to again chair the Assembly’s elections committee.
“Anything is possible,” Vos said. “That’s probably a remote possibility.”
Also on the show, Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison says the DNC has more than quadrupled its investment in Wisconsin ahead of the midterms over the 2018 election cycle.
“Wisconsin remains one of the top battleground states in the nation,” Harrison said. “It has been over the last few election cycles, and it will be this election cycle as well.”
Harrison wouldn’t shed light on where the DNC will host its 2024 convention after the RNC picked Milwaukee. The DNC’s 2020 convention in Milwaukee was all but non-existent because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t know where the DNC’s going to be at this point,” Harrison said. “I have just completed several site visits. We have four cities left. We have Chicago, New York, Houston and Atlanta. All four cities would be great hosts for the convention, and I’m excited to go through the process.”
Rep. Gwen Moore says reducing inflation “won’t happen overnight” but said some will see an immediate impact after the U.S. House passed the Inflation Reduction Act Friday sending it to President Biden for his signature.
“If you’re on Medicare, you’re going to see your insulin be capped at $35 a month,” Moore, D-Milwaukee, told “UpFront.” “You’re going to see your $2,000 premium for Medicare be capped at $2,000. That’s going to happen immediately. Obviously reducing inflation is not something that’s going to happen overnight. We’re going to have to spend time educating people. But I do think this Inflation Reduction Act elucidates the difference between Democrats and Republicans very, very well.”
Moore, a longtime backer of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, also weighed in on the midterms and Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race.
“We’ve got to make sure that we energize young people, elderly people, working people, and I think Mandela Barnes brings that to the table,” Moore said. “We’ve got to turn them out, but as Al Sharpton said, ‘You can’t turn them out unless you can turn them on.’”
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