As Vos and Gableman spar, what does that mean for the former Supreme Court justice’s election investigation?
MADISON, Wis. — By a margin of several hundred votes, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday fended off a primary challenge from a candidate backed by former President Donald Trump.
With 99% of votes counted, Vos led Adam Steen by 260 votes as of Wednesday. Steen also earned the backing of another notable Republican: former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who Vos hired to lead an investigation into the 2020 election in the state.
In the wake of that announcement, Vos and Gableman’s relationship has soured, and Vos has indicated the investigation may now be close to ending.
No sooner than the race was called for Vos did he throw Gableman’s future into question.
“I’m going to take some time to talk with my caucus next week, with all the members and see what the next steps should be, but I’m not going to let my joy tonight be focused on a person like Mike Gableman,” Vos said.
Steen has questioned the results of the 2020 election that showed President Joe Biden won Wisconsin by a margin of fewer than 21,000 votes. Vos, meanwhile, has broken away from the far-right elements of his party on the issue, only moving ahead with Gableman’s investigation because Trump put pressure on him to do more.
Since then, Vos has continued to assert the election results cannot be overturned, enraging the former president.
“Despite undeniable evidence of rigging and fraud, Speaker Vos has taken no steps to hold the Wisconsin Elections Commission accountable,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Waukesha last week.
Democrats are now pushing for an investigation into the investigator himself.
“The question that I’ve been asking and a number of my colleagues have been asking for quite some time is the fact that we’ve had over a million dollars of tax dollars… why is it that we’re continuing to spend this money at the same time as these two gentlemen are sparring with one another? It seems to me that they’re using our tax dollars to score political points,” State Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) said.
Agard is among a group of Democrats asking the Legislative Audit Committee to look into the Gableman investigation. They need Republicans to sign off, and she said they have not yet heard back about that.
Vos, meanwhile, may not be out of the woods in November; a key Steen supporter told the Racine Journal Times Steen may explore a write-in campaign in the fall.
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