Kathy Nickolaus refuses to resign over Wisconsin election screw up
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus appears to have been exposed as either a ham-fisted political hack, or simply incompetent. Or maybe it's both.
But just because she flipped a much-watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election in favor of her former boss Justice David Prosser, by coming up with thousands of uncounted votes, she says that's no reason to resign from her post.
"I will serve the remainder of my term," she said today after demands that she pack her bags. "I understand why people are upset and I am taking this matter seriously."
People are upset, especially Prosser's challenger, Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg, who had claimed victory in the race until Nickolaus stunned everyone with her epic math failure last Friday.
The irony of the Nickolaus bombshell was that Republicans had been licking their wounds and trying, without merit, to pass off their loss to a corrupt election. But then Nickolaus came forward, and suddenly it was Democrats who smelled a skunk. The Prosser-Nickolaus race had become a proxy fight between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic foes because Prosser openly supported Walker even as he claimed he could administer justice independently.
Now, the state Government Accountability Board is looking into the issue, and Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to open a federal investigation into whether there was voter fraud in Waukesha County.
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