While Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle
(D) and Junior Sen. Russ Feingold
(D) have both questioned the state Attorney Gen. J.B. Van Hollen's authority to dispatch state prosecutors to poll watch on Election Day, state Democrats came together again to question Van Hollen's newest move: asking chief district court judges
across the state to alert him on Election Day in case he has to "initiate emergency election-related proceedings."
From the AP
Governor Jim Doyle is one of the Democrats who say they don't understand Van Hollen's intent. Doyle adds that "Looking at this letter, you can only imagine what kinds of things he's dreaming up doing on Election Day."
Chief Judge Sue Bischel of Green Bay asked Van Hollen for more details. She says Brown County doesn't even have "duty judges." Also, she says chief judges don't belong anywhere near politics because the independence of the judiciary is absolutely critical.