Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos need to go

The Wisconsin State Journal produced one of its better efforts in its latest Sunday editorial (“Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos should drop their vendetta”) saying,

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, have been calling for the resignations of the Elections and Ethics administrators in recent weeks — without offering any evidence of wrongdoing.

Well, yes. This is open and shut. There is no evidence of wrongdoing at the Elections or Ethics boards, but there is plenty of evidence that Vos and Fitzgerald are (again) using their positions to unethically cement their own power and longevity in the legislature. They’ve gerrymandered legislative districts, they’ve made it harder for Wisconsinites to vote, they’ve wrecked the independent Gov’t Accountability Board, they’ve greased the wheels for secret money in our elections. And now  — outrageously — they want to fire these two relatively underpowered watchdogs for no good reason.

So the Wisconsin State Journal was right, although they didn’t go far enough.

It’s not enough to say that Vos and Fitzgerald are wrong, possibly just out of pique, trying to fire these two board administrators. A one-time rebuke is justified, but just the start, more is required. The way to hold elected officials “accountable” is to vote ’em out at election time. The State Journal should call for that to happen, and do it repeatedly.  There’s a primary this year on August 14 and a general election on the first Tuesday in November.

Replacing these two enemies of good government won’t be easy (maybe not even possible) because of the self-serving gerrymandering and other steps they so eagerly put in place as soon as they achieved their leadership positions. No matter. Wisconsin deserves better. We call on the State Journal to get very, very serious about making the case that gerrymandering, voter suppression, lack of rule-following, secret cash, coordinating with outside groups and petty vendettas are disqualifying at re-election time. And we call on the State Journal to say it over and over, amen.