MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker says former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is forcing Wisconsin to spend money on duplicative elections to fill two legislative seats.
Walker on Thursday reluctantly scheduled special elections in June to fill vacancies in the 42nd Assembly District and the 1st Senate District. He had resisted ordering the elections, saying they're a waste of taxpayer dollars since the seats will up in this fall's regular elections.
A group led by Holder sued to force the elections. A Madison judge last week ordered Walker to schedule the contests by Thursday.
Walker tweeted Thursday that "Obama Attorney General Eric Holder and his Washington, D.C.-based special interested group" were behind the push to force Wisconsin taxpayers to pay for elections for seats that would be filled in normal elections a few months later.
The seats would have remained empty until January if Walker without the special elections.
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