MADISON, Wis. — In response to Robin Vos moving the goalposts on the Republican effort to impeach Justice Janet Protasiewicz, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued the following statement:
“Robin Vos blinked. In the face of a massive public outcry and division within his own party, Vos is now backing down from immediate impeachment and moving the goalposts.
“For weeks, Vos was threatening to impeach Protasiewicz if she didn’t recuse. She didn’t recuse—but facing defections within his party, Vos isn’t impeaching. Now he’s saying he wants to see how she actually rules on maps. Threatening to impeach a justice in a case to which he is a party if she rules in ways that displease him is an outrageous attempt at political extortion in itself. Time will tell if it’s just an attempt to save face. But right now, it’s a climb-down.
“Just a few weeks ago, Vos seemed poised to overturn an election before the Supreme Court could begin to do its job. Now he’s backpedaling, the Court is considering the cases before it, and Vos’s immediate threat has receded. Democrats, and the broader public, will keep a watchful eye on Vos as long as he threatens the independence of our judiciary.”