Republican running unopposed complains Jan. 6: Subpoena hurts re-election

A key figure in an alleged conspiracy to overturn the result of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election said efforts to force him to testify before the special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol are hurting his chances of reelection , although he’s technically the only candidate on the ballot this fall.

In a complaint filed Sunday in the Eastern District Court of Wisconsin, attorneys representing Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly Robin Vos argued that he did not have to comply with subpoenas investigating his role related to January 6, 2021.

While reportedly dismissing calls to equalize President Joe Biden’s win in the state, Vos told local news station WISN that he received a call from former President Donald Trump over the summer urging him to reconsider the outcome , after the state Supreme Court ruled the use of most mail-in dropboxes in future state elections is illegal. Vos’ refusal to ask the question again prompted Trump to support his opponent Adam Steen, whom Vos defeated in the August primary.

A subpoena from the Special Committee was served on Vos Friday afternoon for details of the call. It’s a subpoena, Vos’s attorneys said, that he intends to fight not only because he believes the committee’s investigation is illegitimate, but because he believes the committee’s work is a politically motivated “public relations program.”

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Wisconsin Convention Speaker Robin Vos speaks during a contentious Legislative session December 4, 2018 in Madison. Vos said efforts to force him to testify before the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol are hurting his chances of reelection, though he’s technically the only candidate on the ballot this fall .
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“The committee is not seeking to depose Speak Vos to question him about the Capitol breach, the events leading up to January 6, 2021, or the events of the 2020 election,” Vos’ attorneys wrote in their filing. Rather, the committee is attempting to remove Speaker Vos without notice to question him about a conversation he had with former President Donald Trump two months ago.

“In short, the committee is requiring Speaker Vos to appear for testimony with virtually no notice in the final days of his re-election campaign to answer questions irrelevant to the committee’s investigation solely because of the committee’s public relations program.”

news week reached out to Vos’s campaign and his attorneys for comment.

His attorneys said the 48-hour notice that came with the subpoena gave them little time to consider the constitutional implications of the committee’s request. But they also argued that the subpoena, which allows him to testify via videoconference, “suddenly pulls Speaker Vos out of the campaign,” they said, which in turn causes “a significant disruption in his campaign plan” as he attempts to rally support before the elections in November, even though he’s actually the only name on the ballot.

Though Vos is technically running unopposed, he has two registered candidates looking to oust him, including Steen, who announced his bid shortly after the primary in late August, and Democrat Joel Jacobson, who Vos defeated by double-digit margins in 2018 and 2020 .

Vos is carrying some baggage into the election, including his controversial decision to allocate $680,000 in taxpayer money to fund an investigation into possible fraud committed by far-right attorney Michael Gableman during the course of the 2020 election. However, history could be on his side.

Historically, state-level write-in candidates are rarely successful. While Wisconsin allows only registered candidates to run as write-ins, the most recent winner of a significant seat in the state came in 1996 when former sheriff’s deputy Ron Cramer defeated incumbent Richard M. Hewitt in a hastily organized write-in campaign Eau Claire County.

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Rick Schindler

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