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MADISON — State Sen. Roger Roth on Monday reiterated his call for Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich to step down following new emails showing a long-time Democratic operative’s involvement in the city’s November election.

On Monday, Wisconsin Spotlight reported that Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein was given access to “hidden” identifiers for the internet network at the hotel convention center where ballots were counted. Emails show the election activist was provided with Service Set Identifiers, one that would be “hidden” on Election Day.

“One SSID will be hidden and it’s: 2020vote. There will be no password or splash page for this one and it should only be used for the sensitive machines that need to be connected to the internet,” a hotel official wrote.

“Mayor Genrich’s story that Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein was merely a consultant for the city of Green Bay and had no access to absentee ballots or sensitive information continues to unravel,” Roth, R-Appleton, said in a statement. “These latest emails once again prove that Spitzer-Rubenstein had access to the networks that supported voting infrastructure.”

State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) renewed her call for Attorney General Josh Kaul to investigate Green Bay’s handling of the election and the involvement of liberal third party groups.

“Attorney General Kaul can’t pretend there were no irregularities in Green Bay’s handling of the 2020 election,” Darling said, “It’s important that the Attorney General begin a thorough investigation into what happened last fall, especially why partisan activists had exclusive access to passwords, keys, and access to where ballots were stored.”

Spitzer-Rubenstein and his National Vote at Home Institute were heavily involved in Green Bay’s election process.

The National Vote at Home Institute, was one of several private, left-leaning groups, funded largely by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Spitzer-Rubenstein, with an impressive political resume working for Democratic politicians and campaigns, had significant influence over the administration of the presidential election in Green Bay and, it appears, in Milwaukee. The Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life received hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from Zuckerberg and his wife, money they pumped out in big grants to to cities in the name of “safe elections.”

Spitzer-Rubenstein appears to have played point man for the coordinated effort between the “Wisconsin 5,” Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine — which received a combined $6.3 million in Zuckerberg money.

Genrich, Green Bay city officials and their Democratic allies have lashed out against those who have raised questions about the election. But the internal emails counter their protestations.

“The standard to which we hold our elected officials is not just a legal one, but an ethical one. Mayor Genrich and City Clerk Celestine Jeffreys have failed Green Bay residents in that regard and should resign before the April 6th election. Green Bay voters deserve to know the election will be carried out with the highest level of integrity,” Roth said.


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