Rep. Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, is the majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly. He represents the 5th Assembly District.
Jim Steineke

KAUKAUNA — State Rep. Jim Steineke of Kaukauna is having none of investigator Mike Gableman’s debunked push to decertify the results in Wisconsin of the 2020 election.

In a series of Tweets Monday following Gableman’s testimony before the Assembly elections committee, Steineke said he would have no part in the scheme.

Despite multiple court challenges and recounts that showed no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Gableman was hired by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look into how the election was run.

In an interim report presented Monday during testimony before the committee, Gableman said the state Legislature should “take a hard look at decertification of the 2020 presidential election.”

Critics say Gableman’s assertion is even more concerning because he is a former state Supreme Court justice and should be well versed in Wisconsin law.

In a series of Tweets posted after Gableman’s testimony, Steineke, the Assembly Majority Leader, announced in January, that he would not run for re-election. worried about the precedent a decertification would set.

“Giving politicians that power when you don’t like the results of an election will also give them the authority to overturn elections when you do,” he wrote.

He also had an ominous message about what such a plan would do for the future of our country.

“In a world where partisan divides are deep & seemingly anything can be justified as long as it results in retaining power, handing authority to partisan politicians to determine if election fraud exists would be the end of our republic as we know it,” he wrote.

The push to decertify is also perplexing because only five people have been charged in Wisconsin with violating election law in Wisconsin in 2020.

All five were charged with using a post office box as their address rather than their street address as required by law.

However that doesn’t constitute “fraud” in the sense of someone trying to manipulate election results in favor on one candidate or another.

Decertification could also throw other races up and down the ballot into disarray, including Republicans who also were on the ballot the same time as the former president.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.