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State senator denies committee hearing over Evers’ ‘bastard’ comments

MADISON (WKOW) — A Wisconsin State Senator is refusing to hold a committee hearing to confirm Gov. Tony Evers appointment to lead the labor commission because Evers used language to describe Senator’s actions as “stupid and amoral.

Senator Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) told a staffer for the governor in an email he won’t hold a hearing because Evers “considers” him to be a “bastard, amoral, stupid and political assassin.”

This comes after the governor this month used profanity to describe his frustrations after Senate Republicans rejected to confirm his Agriculture Secretary Brad Pfaff. It was the first time the Senate had fired a Cabinet secretary since at least 1987.

Evers staff asked Sen. Nass if Michael Gillick would be on the Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee calendar in December. Gillick needs to be confirmed by the committee before serving a six-year term as chairman of the Labor and Industry Review Commission.

According to the commission’s website prior to Gillick appointment, for almost seventy years, he represented injured workers in worker’s compensation and related claims.

Nass’ rejection letter adds to the political divide between Evers and Republicans, which started in December after Republicans held an overnight session to pass lame-duck laws that reduce his executive powers.

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Emilee Fannon

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