Why Republicans could impeach a liberal State Supreme Court justice before she’s heard a case

By | September 6, 2023

The New York Times reports:

Wisconsin Democrats are aghast at what they view as another attempt by Republicans to reject the outcome of an election they lost. Many now privately concede that impeaching Justice Protasiewicz is a foregone conclusion.

“They’re deliberately trying to overturn the will of the people,” said Sarah Godlewski, the Democratic secretary of state. “We have to understand the risk this is posing. It’s a potential reality that would put Wisconsin’s democracy in jeopardy.”

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday and its allies are set to begin what its chairman, Ben Wikler, described as a voter mobilization project on par with its statewide get-out-the-vote operations.

The coalition will be advertising on television, the internet and through the mail while mobilizing the party’s volunteer base to knock on doors in Republican districts to warn legislators against impeaching Justice Protasiewicz.

“The longer they push this forward, the more political price we want to build for Republicans in the Legislature and the whole G.O.P. machinery,” Mr. Wikler said. “This could become a fireball that eats all of them up throughout 2024.” [Continue reading…]

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