I was taken aback over the news from some conservative partisans that Kevin Kennedy, the director of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, should step down and resign. SAY WHAT!! The demand stems from the GAB moving forward with three more recall elections against Republican senators. At the same time due to lingering unanswered questions the GAB has not made final decisions about recall petitions concerning three Democratic senators.
There is a record number of recall petitions to mull over, but with the same number of staff and the same amount of resources at GAB. Yet some over-charged conservative partisans are jumping to the conclusion that the GAB is somehow playing a political hand in favor of Democrats. These partisans calling on Kevin Kennedy to resign are acting as if this were any other typical month of May in Wisconsin. That thinking is utterly preposterous!
There is a very angry and frustrated electorate that has taken government into their own hands and forced recall elections for at least six state senators. In a few days that very well may extend to three more across the state. In the meantime it would seem essential to all that the ground work from the GAB be completed to make sure that the recall petitions were properly filled out and all the rules governing such an exercise was completed properly. Would anyone really want anything but a through examination to make sure everything was done to the letter of the law?
Several weeks ago many urged that the state legislature provide the needed resources to assist the GAB at this time with their heavy work load. On April 22nd I posted that the state legislature needed to act on the GAB request.
There is no doubt that the Government Accountability Board is literally swamped in paperwork. As such they are correctly asking for more money to run the operation, and also will request time extensions to complete their work. The Wisconsin State Legislature needs to honor the budgetary request from GAB, and do so in quick fashion. This is not a time to hem and haw when the citizens on both sides of the aisle have spoken and want to force recall elections.
To now have some partisan flunkies demanding Kevin Kennedy step down is just laughable. Perhaps a more concerted effort weeks back to have the legislature provide adequate funding for the GAB would have been a better use of their time.
But that is not what conservatives really wanted to have happen, now is it?