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MADISON — While Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich goes on the attack over a legislative investigation into his city’s handling of the 2020 presidential election, the chair of the Assembly’s Campaign and Elections Committee would like to remind the mayor that he has yet to answer some very important questions.

State Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) says her committee has been waiting more than 10 months for Genrich to explain why a long-time Democrat operative was given the keys to the election.

“On March 10th of last year, the Assembly’s Campaigns & Elections committee heard testimony, including hard, tangible evidence, that a high-level Obama operative, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, was working closely with the City of Green Bay Mayor’s Office to insert himself into the City Clerk’s management of the November 2020 election,” Brandtjen said in a statement last week.

She notes that emails and testimony show that Spitzer-Rubenstein was not only given access to the Central Count location where absentee ballots were stored, but was also listed as the only on-site contact for the KI center and given keys to the facility. On election night, Spitzer-Rubenstein was issued a city of Green Bay name tag.

Wisconsin Spotlight’s investigation, “Infiltrating the Election,” included the troubling emails and detailed the intricate relationships between Genrich and his team and liberal voter activist groups funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Center for Tech & Civic Life handed out more than $2 million to Green Bay, one of the five “Wisconsin-5” cities that received the lion’s share of CTCL election administration grants. As documents show, CTCL partners were involved in a host of questionable activities, from helping to cure or correct ballot information to setting up drop ballot boxes and orchestrating get-out-the vote campaigns targeting traditionally Democratic Party voters.

Genrich recently asked a judge to sanction Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and now a special investigator leading one of the Assembly investigations into the 2020 election. Lawyering up, just as Gov. Tony Evers advised officials in the Wisconsin-5 cities to do, the mayor had his attorney file a motion in court demanding Gableman take out full-page newspaper ads correcting statements he’s made about Green Bay’s handling of the election.

Gableman, too, has had a difficult time getting Genrich and his Madison counterpart, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, to comply with subpoenas and answer questions. Genrich’s attorney asserted the attempt to compel the mayor to comply was “frivolous.”

Brandtjen, whose committee is leading the other Assembly probe into the 2020 election, said she’s still waiting for Genrich to answer some very important questions.

“Mayor Genrich has been given multiple opportunities to come before the committee and explain why an outside operative from New York City was allowed to interfere with an election process that is reserved for duly appointed officials, who have taken an oath to conduct fair and honest elections,” Brandtjen said. “The people of Wisconsin deserve answers, not stonewalling and gaslighting from their elected leaders.”

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