La Crosse GOP Chairman Bill Feehan says Republicans are being demonized for casting fake electoral votes for Trump in Wisconsin – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM

Exactly a week after the January 6 uprising at the United States Capitol, La Crosse County Republican Party Chairman Bill Feehan recounted what Republicans had done in Wisconsin a month earlier.

Fake voters in five states Donald Trump lost in the 2020 presidential election — including Wisconsin — voted to certify Trump the president anyway. Two other states have filed paperwork as fake voters, in case those states somehow transition from Joe Biden to Trump.

The 10 fake Wisconsin voters were all members of the Wisconsin Republican Party, including Feehan, and all but one were also members of the state executive committee.

Feehan outlined details for the second episode of his podcast, titled “Fact Check.”

“So I left my house a little after 8 a.m. (am), and went to a secret meeting place in Madison, and met all the other voters there,” Feehan recalled on the podcast. “There was security, armed security, to protect us and other Republican Party officials from Wisconsin were there.”

Attention to fake election votes has slowly increased over the past two weeks and whether or not the act should be punished or is punishable – if it’s not part of a larger plan that had something to do with it with the January 6 event at the United States Capitol. it happened a month later.

“Each of us voted for the President of the United States and we voted for the Vice President of the United States and those ballots are notarized,” Feehan explained on the podcast. “And they will be held back until they might be needed.

“So in the event that something happens here legally, where the result in Wisconsin is reversed, then our ballots would be sent to Washington, DC, and those would be the ballots that would be counted.”

FILE – Seen here in December 2020, among fake voter signatures is La Crosse County Republican Party Chairman Bill Feehan to certify Wisconsin’s electoral votes for Donald Trump as president.

Asked about the growing attention these bogus votes are getting, Feehan played it.

“I don’t pay much attention to that stuff,” Feehan told WIZM. “You know, it’s an honor to be a presidential voter and I would never do anything that I think is potentially even illegal. So we took the advice of our lawyers and we followed historical precedents, and, you know, we cast our votes.

“People want to get more out of it than it is. But, you know, I would never do anything that I think is even remotely, maybe wrong. So it’s politics. »

Upon hearing that comment, UW-La Crosse political science professor Dr. Anthony Chergosky wondered what that “historic precedent” was, noting on La Crosse Talk PM on Friday that it was more unprecedented to to have competing groups of voters.

While the “politics” — as Feehan called the growing news — of casting doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election, perhaps, began with events like Feehan and nine other Wisconsin Republicans voting these bogus electoral votes for Trump, it continues today with a taxpayer-funded, Republican-ordered investigation in Wisconsin. One of many potential GOP investigations — some of which failed, none of which found widespread voter fraud or wrongdoing.

Feehan, however, faulted Democrats for keeping the 2020 presidential election in the news cycle.

“They’re going to try to ride them for us until the November 2020 election,” Feehan said, though he probably meant 2024. “Democrats have been chasing me since April 1 of last year, when the governor filed his complaint.. I have legal counsel and my lawyers tell me I did nothing wrong and I am not too worried about it.

The lawsuit Feehan is referring to was Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers asking Trump and Feehan to reimburse approximately $250,000 in legal fees for election investigation lawsuits that the former president and La County Republican party chairman Crosse had filed to challenge the 2020 election in Wisconsin.

Feehan added that they are being called out for casting fake electoral votes for Trump and wonders if this work is worth it in the future.

“I think it’s sad that, you know, we’re here in politics because I’m a volunteer, okay?” Fehan said. “So, I volunteer all this time for the Republican Party. It is an honor to be chosen as the presidential elector for your party. But who is going to want to do these things in the future? Who is going to want to volunteer and serve in these roles when they see how politicized it is?

“I and other voters are demonized for doing community service. It’s community service for people who get up and do this stuff. We haven’t done anything wrong. I think what is being done to us is reprehensible.

Chergosky noted that this – and other disputes in the electoral vote – may not be an issue in the future.

“One of the most important things Congress can do — and there seems to be a bipartisan effort to do that — is clean up this whole process,” Chergosky said. “Get rid of the confusion regarding the electoral vote and the counting of electoral votes. …Make this process more functional and get rid of the frivolous lawsuits that can plague the system and get rid of those ridiculous situations where people pretend to be the legitimate voters.

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