“There’s no legal way to decertify the 2020 election, but the Gableman report is forcing Republican candidates to confront the question”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A long-awaited report from a former Supreme Court justice hired by Assembly Republicans to review the 2020 election sought to give legitimacy to a legally debunked idea the same lawmakers have been trying stomp out for months: decertifying Wisconsin’s electoral votes cast for President Joe Biden more than a year ago.

Now, with the notion endorsed by a high-profile conservative legal figure, Republicans in this narrowly divided battleground state are fracturing over an objective deemed to be a fantasy by legal experts and constitutional scholars. 

Just three Republican candidates seeking the highest statewide offices this year directly responded to former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman’s recommendation to lawmakers that they should consider decertifying, and they don’t all agree. 

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is running for governor, said there is “no clear path” to decertifying the election and that Republicans should focus on election issues they can actually address. 

Eric Toney, a county prosecutor running for attorney general, was more direct. He said there is no legal way to pull back the electoral votes.

And state Rep. Tim Ramthun, a state lawmaker running for governor who has repeatedly pushed his colleagues to pull back the state’s electoral votes, issued a press release on Gableman’s recommendation titled “Vindication.” 

Meanwhile, former state Rep. Adam Jarchow, another Republican running for attorney general, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, and Republican candidate for governor Kevin Nicholson did not answer whether they believed the Legislature could or should pursue decertification.

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