Also Monday, Walker argued for replacing the state Government Accountability Board, which is run by retired judges and oversees state elections and ethics laws. The board has taken criticism from conservatives on a number of issues including its participation into an investigation into Walker’s campaign that was halted last week by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Walker didn’t rule out the possibility that the judges now on the board would be replaced by partisan appointees in a replacement agency.
“It’s appropriate to just get rid of it and replace it with something that’s ultimately accountable and fair to the people of the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) criticized Walker’s statement Monday, saying that those changes sought by Republicans would make the board less fair and accountable, not more.
“Clearly they want to have not election watchdogs. They want to have election lap dogs,” Barca said.