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State Senate GOP leader slammed for comments about GAB appointees

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald was talking about people connected with his own party, when he said the Government Accountability Board is biased toward Democrats.

Fitzgerald said this week that the six retired judges on the board should be replaced with political appointees. But the Madison Capital Times says two of those members used to be Republicans in the state Assembly – and one was a GOP district attorney.

One Board member was also a Democratic DA, and the other two never sought partisan offices.

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca said Republicans are trying to replace the judges with, “political cronies who will do their bidding” because the Board made a few decisions during the recall elections that they didn’t like.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson says the board’s decisions have cut both ways – and he does not believe the panel has a political slant.

Fitzgerald’s office is not commenting further.

Board chairman David Deininger was a GOP representative from Monroe in the 1980’s and early ‘90’s. Thomas Barland was a GOP Assembly member in the 1960’s before becoming an Eau Claire judge. And Gerald Nichol was a Republican DA from Dane County for two years in the 1970’s.