Elections head surprised by resignation call

MADISON, Wis. -    Democratic legislative leaders are backing the heads of Wisconsin's Ethics and Elections commissions after Republicans called for their ouster.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling and Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz issued a statement Friday supporting the administrators. It came after the Legislature's top two Republicans called for Michael Haas and Brian Bell to resign over their roles in a now-closed investigation into Gov. Scott Walker.

Shilling says Republicans are "trying to undermine ethical standards while rigging elections." She says removing them now "will throw our elections into chaos at a time when we need to improve security, combat hacking threats and protect public access to the polls."

Hintz says Republicans want to "dismantle our impartial election and ethics watchdog agencies without any rational explanation."

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