Editorial: Fitzgerald needs to back off

Editorial: Fitzgerald needs to back off

Wisconsin Republican and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s fixation on the punitive, unwarranted and politically motivated firing of the administrators of the state’s Ethics and Elections Commission is just astonishing in its arrogance and its rejection of clean government.

Fitzgerald’s need to punish Brian Bell and Michael Hass for doing their jobs well, if not to Fitzgerald’s liking politically, smacks of an obsession. He is ignoring bipartisan support for the administrators by both commissions as well as calls that he at least hold a public confirmation hearing for Bell and Hass. But in a strange sort of bullying stance that seems unlike him, Fitzgerald has refused.

More and more elected officials have gotten bolder in their willingness to simply ignore common sense, courtesy, honor and ethics. Like those officials, Fitzgerald just doesn’t seem to care. He says he’s going ahead with a vote Tuesday to reject Hass and Bell’s confirmation. If he had any legitimate basis for his attacks on the two, he would hold a public hearing instead.

Editorial: Fitzgerald needs to back off

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