[Madison, WI] — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement today, following revelations that Governor Tony Evers secretly recorded at least one phone call with legislative leadership:
“In 26 years in the Legislature, this is one of the most brazen examples of unethical, unprofessional conduct I have ever seen. The governor has gone so far off the deep end, he’s making secret Nixonesque recordings from the East Wing of the Capitol. This conduct is totally unbecoming of our state’s top executive and opens up questions about what other recordings his administration may have.
“What Wisconsinites are seeing is a governor who is less interested in governing and more interested in playing cheap partisan political games. Meanwhile, his Department of Health Services is in complete shambles -- with questions going unanswered over high-profile personnel departures.
“Nearly a month after the lifting of his unconstitutional lockdown order, none of the governor’s doomsday predictions have come true. In fact, he was caught on a hot mic last week asking when he can ‘declare victory’ over the virus after dragging down Wisconsin’s economy with his shutdown. This erratic behavior should leave Wisconsin worried.
“Legislating in divided government is dependent on trust. Secretly recording members of the opposite party sets a dangerous precedent, and will completely erode our ability to work together for the foreseeable future.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) represents the 13th Senate District, which covers portions of Dodge, Jefferson, Waukesha, Washington, Dane, and Columbia counties.