...Kloppenburg, who is trailing Justice David Prosser in the race, asked Wednesday for the state Government Accountability Board to appoint a special investigator to probe the "actions and words" of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. Although the board is an independent agency and was already reviewing Nickolaus's handling of the election, Kloppenburg said she believed the agency worked too closely with Nickolaus to properly investigate her.
It is never smart to begin by impugning the ethics of an investigator.
Accountability board director Kevin Kennedy said in a statement Thursday that the agency would wrap the work it had already done into its investigation of the complaint filed by Kloppenburg.
"With respect to the public statements about our impartiality, it is the statutory responsibility of this agency to conduct these investigations. We are authorized to employ outside investigators, but they work under our direction," Kennedy said in a statement.Board spokesman Reid Magney said it would be up to the board to decide whether to hire an outside investigator.
IOW, 'stick it, Joanne.'