Sen. Devin LeMahieu on impeachment and appointment standards

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, discusses prospects for the impeachment of state officials and expectation of holding votes for gubernatorial appointees in 2024.

By Zac Schultz | Here & Now

December 11, 2023

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Zac Schultz:
You have a veto-proof majority in the Senate, but you haven't been able to use that in terms of impeachment. There's been threats and talks of impeachment. Would you like to see the ability to bring an impeachment all the way to the floor, whether it's for Megan Wolfe or Justice Protasiewicz or anyone else?

State Sen. Devin LeMahieu:
Impeachment is a serious thing. I don't think it should be done lightly. Someone has to do something probably illegal in order to do that. Just doing it to Protasiewicz, it's just simply overturning an election that was just held. So, and she hasn't, she didn't recuse herself, even though she said our maps are rigged during the campaign. But she hasn't made any decisions yet.


Zac Schultz:
The Senate rejected a number of appointments made by Governor Evers, and there's some of those reappointments are going to come back before the body. Do you anticipate holding votes on them next year?

State Sen. Devin LeMahieu:
Well, it depends what the new appointees, what their views are in certain things. We had members of the DNR board who flat out told the committee that they weren't gonna follow state law. You can't have committee members of committees that, and boards that are gonna refuse to follow state law. It's that simple. So it seems like a lot of the appointments, some of the appointments have become more and more partisan from this governor. So we'll do our job in the Senate and take a good look at appointees, and decide if they can do the job that they've been appointed to do.

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