The trip is being spearheaded by Rep. Janel Brandtjen, who told her constituents last December that there was “no doubt” that Donald Trump won Wisconsin. Brandtjen recently joined likely gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch for a video about “election reform” that was laced with disinformation and election conspiracy theories. Kleefisch has given her full endorsement to all of the Wisconsin GOP’s voter suppression bills.
6/18/2021 update, "Apparently, the obtuse and callow Janel Brandtjen is easily impressed", starts here.
Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, told The Center Square she saw a lot and learned a lot while in Phoenix over the weekend. Some of the things, she said, Wisconsin could borrow if there’s ever a ballot review here.
“Remember Wisconsin currently has an audit going,” Brandtjen said.
She led five other Wisconsin Republicans to observe Maricopa County’s ballot review on Saturday.
“It’s an audit. It’s a very exact process,” Brandtjen said. “It’s a very sophisticated process.”
Democrats at the Wisconsin Capitol accused Brandtjen of chasing “tin foil hat” conspiracy theories.
The review by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau will look at some issues that have faced scrutiny from courts and election observers, such as how the state maintains its voter rolls and when it allows voters to get absentee ballots without showing IDs.
6/17/2021 update, " Janel Brandtjen appears to be drowning in Trump voter fraud Koolaid", starts here.
Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls and chair of the Campaigns and Elections Committee, said she’s not sure the Legislative Audit Bureau has the authority to conduct such a review.
But Brandtjen argued such a review was warranted considering the amount of private money that went into some of the state’s largest communities to help cover the costs of putting on the elections during a pandemic.
Brandtjen has not said whether she believes it’s appropriate for Arizona officials to accept private funds for their review of ballots. She has not said why she accepted a privately funded trip in light of her opposition to private donations for administering elections. She and the other Wisconsin lawmakers did not return phone calls Saturday. [emphasis added]
"The point of the trip is to observe a large-scale recounting process using volunteers and contracted vendors to determine ballot integrity and possible reconstruction of the Dominion machine programming," Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, said in a Wednesday letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester seeking approval for the trip.
Vos approved the request, according to a spokeswoman.
Brandtjen said the trip will be paid for by a group called Voices and Votes, self-described as an organization aimed at "protecting free speech from cancel culture."Do the math. It's a very simpole 1 + 1 exercise
As former President Donald Trump prepres to restart his rallies, The New York Times reports that aides and others joke about Trump’s frequent consultations with conspiracy-minded One America News reporter Christina Bobb.
In an article entitled “At Once Diminished and Dominating, Trump Prepares for His Next Act,” Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman flesh out reporting from earlier this week that Trump believes he will be “reinstated” to the presidency this August, and add that he also believes Republicans will be reinstated to the Senate majority at the same time.
Their reporting also reveals that Trump is being heavily influenced by Bobb, a reporter for OAN who constantly pushes the sorts of election lies that fed the Capitol insurrection: