The Latest: Republicans call Evers budget 'wacky,' 'crazy' Democrats claim Republicans "out of touch"
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are accusing Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of proposing a "wacky" and "crazy" state budget, and say he isn't communicating with them.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald made the comments Saturday during a panel discussion at the state Republican Party convention.
Vos says Evers catered to liberals by proposing a budget that Republicans who control the Legislature would never approve. Republicans have already killed many of his proposals, including Medicaid expansion.
Fitzgerald says Republicans have no relationship with Evers and "there's a real disconnect on all different levels with this governor." Fitzgerald says Republicans could negotiate with former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, but there's no point person for talks with Evers.
Fitzgerald says he and Vos have met twice with Evers for five minutes since January.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Courtney Beyer responded, claiming the Wisconsin Republicans are out of touch with the people of Wisconsin. "It is clear that Wisconsin Republicans have abandoned any sense of obligation to the people of Wisconsin. Instead, they are scorching the earth around them while Wisconsin families struggle with rising health care costs, stagnant wages and an uncertain economy,” she said in an afternoon news release.
Also speaking this morning at the Republic Party convention, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice-elect Brian Hagedorn says Republicans who backed his successful run this year "saved the Supreme Court."
Hagedorn addressed Republicans on Saturday at their annual state convention in Oshkosh. Hagedorn has deep ties to the Republican Party and had support from many in the GOP during his race against fellow state Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer this year.
Hagedorn will take his seat on the Supreme Court in August.
Hagedorn tells Republicans that his win shows that conservative Justice Dan Kelly can win his race next year. Liberals are optimistic they can win because the election is the same day as the Democratic presidential primary when turnout will be high.
Hagedorn tells Republicans "you can do hard things, we can win this race."