Assembly Speaker Robin Vos played down comments by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson on Thursday encouraging GOP lawmakers to tell local election officials to ignore directives from the state’s bipartisan Election Commission.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Vos said Johnson met with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss topics such as the economy and inflation, but “never participated in the election.”
Johnson, from Oshkosh, declined to say what was discussed during the approximately hour-long meeting with legislative leaders, but told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel more than a week ago that lawmakers in the State should bypass the Wisconsin governor and electoral commission and oversee state elections.
When asked if the Republicans plan to take Johnson’s advice, Vos said that “the election commission must follow the law in working with the legislature, it is in the law.”
“This is how it’s got to be, so if that’s Senator Johnson’s intention, he’s right, the legislature has to be involved, but the idea somehow we’re going to taking over the election and doing all of these things, I’ve never studied that, âVos says. “I don’t know about it but it wasn’t our discussion.”
Johnson accused the electoral commission of “systematically” violating laws relating to the conduct of the 2020 election, the Sentinel Journal reported.