In Blow to Fair Elections, Nonpartisanship and Professionalism, Mike Haas Out as Election Administrator in Wisconsin


The head of the Wisconsin Election Commission said he would step down from his leadership role and eventually leave the agency because of opposition from Republican lawmakers.

Administrator Mike Haas announced the news in a resignation letter this week to the commission’s bipartisan board.

Last month GOP state senators denied the confirmations for Haas and his counterpart at the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. The rejection of their confirmation stemmed from a controversial investigation of Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans by the Government Accountability Board, the agency that preceded both commissions.

Haas said he had little to do with that investigation and had achieved a record of success since GOP lawmakers disbanded the GAB and created his agency.

“Rather than celebrating that success and taking credit for it, some have focused on settling scores with imaginary ghosts of the Government Accountability Board. My appointment was a casualty of that obsession,” Haas wrote in his letter.

Another consummate professional and straight shooter being forced out by Republican leadership to make way for political hacks.

Any election jurisdiction in the country would be lucky to have Mike working for them.


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