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State Senate Delays Walker Appointment

Gov. Scott Walker Photo: Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

State Senate Delays Walker Appointment

By Associated Press. CREATED Nov 9, 2013

  MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is delaying consideration of Gov. Scott Walker's appointees to the state board that oversees elections, campaign finance and ethics laws.

   
Walker's decision to replace existing Government Accountability Board member David Deininger midway through his term has drawn attention to the normally routine appointment process. 
 
Walker says Deininger wouldn't be confirmed by the Senate, so he chose to replace him with former judge and Republican congressman Harold Froehlich.
   
But Democrats objected, pointing out that Froehlich had donated $200 to Walker and $200 to Senate Republicans in 2011.
   
A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the vote was being delayed until bipartisan support can be assured for Froehlich's appointment. 
 
Both Democrats on the Senate Elections committee voted against recommending his appointment.