Evers’ Weak Leadership on Full Display Once Again, Forcing Staff to Walk Back Promises
January 24, 2019
[Madison, WI] – Just three weeks into his term, Governor Tony Evers commits yet another flip-flop on a key issue. During his Tuesday night State of the State Address, Evers proudly declared to a statewide audience that he was fulfilling his campaign promise to direct Attorney General Josh Kaul to withdraw from the federal Obamacare lawsuit. But in what is becoming a trend with the Evers Administration, the newly elected Governor reversed course less than 24 hours later; leaving Evers’ staff to once again try to clarify just where exactly the Governor stands on key policy positions as he continues to exhibit weak leadership.
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Tony Evers reversed course on ACA lawsuit after Josh Kaul rejected call to withdraw from suit
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 24, 2019
Gov. Tony Evers reversed course on how to handle a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act the same day Attorney General Josh Kaul told the governor he could not withdraw the state from the suit as Evers promised in a televised speech this week.
Evers in his first State of the State address told a statewide audience he “fulfilled a promise I made to the people of Wisconsin by directing Attorney General (Josh) Kaul to withdraw from a lawsuit that would gut coverage for 2.4 million Wisconsinites who have pre-existing conditions.”
But after Republicans accused Evers of directing Kaul to take an illegal act, and after Kaul said he couldn’t withdraw from the suit anyway, Evers reversed course Wednesday and a spokeswoman said he was not directing Kaul to take any action.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the episode “is just another example of Governor Evers’ reckless disregard for the law.”
Evers pivoted on the issue Wednesday just hours after a nonpartisan attorney for the Legislature drafted a memo that contended Evers doesn’t have the power to get Wisconsin out of the lawsuit under the new law.
“There is thus no provision in (a statute cited by Evers) allowing the governor to request, require, or approve the attorney general to compromise or discontinue an action,” Sarah Walkenhorst, an attorney with the Legislative Reference Bureau, said.
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