MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Groups working to recall Republican officials have asked an appeals court to block an order denying them permission to join a lawsuit over how the state should verify petition signatures.
Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and the state GOP’s leader filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County last month demanding the Government Accountability Board aggressively review petition signatures. The recall committees wanted to join the lawsuit but a judge refused to allow it.
The committees’ attorney, Jeremy Levinson, asked an appeals court Tuesday to immediately block the judge’s order. Levinson argued the judge’s decision means Republicans can attack the recall process without any opposition from the other side.
Attorney Joe Olson represents the Walker campaign and the state GOP’s executive director. He said the judge got it right the first time.