The Koch brothers’ number-one lackey, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, tried to deny Wisconsinites their democratic right to vote in two special elections, which he feared would flip the state legislature seats in question from red to blue. However, a Wisconsin court dealt Walker a devastating blow today, ruling that the elections must be held.
BREAKING: In a stinging rebuke, Court orders Gov Walker to call a special election for two state legislative seats. Walker had refused to call elections because of fear that Dems would flip them from red to blue. Another big win for our @PerkinsCoieLLP team and @DemRedistrict.
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) March 22, 2018
Wisconsin’s statutes clearly state: “Any vacancy in the office of state senator or representative to the Assembly occurring before the 2nd Tuesday in May in the year in which a regular election is held to fill that seat shall be filled as promptly as possible by special election.”
Nevertheless, Walker was willing to flout his own state’s laws in order to cling to his Republican majority, which took major hits in recent special elections that swung from double-digit Republican leads to double-digit Democratic leads.
His latest ruse was just one in a long string of voter suppression tactics that Walker has implemented to try to maintain Republican power in Wisconsin.
Walker is clearly terrified that the blue wave that has been swinging special elections across the country since Trump became president will sweep him and his Republican henchmen up in its mighty tide.
With today’s ruling, a court has brought Walker’s fears one step closer to reality.