WTF? Wisconsin Secretary of State La Follette Resigns

I am not going to re-write this article but I will admit that this comes as something more than just a surprise:

Wisconsin’s longtime Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette abruptly resigned on Friday, saying he was leaving three months into his 11th consecutive term “to focus on my personal needs” after watching the office be stripped of its power over the past 50 years.

“After many years of frustration, I’ve decided that I don’t want to spend the next three and a half years trying to run an office without adequate resources and staffing levels,” the 82-year-old La Follette said in his resignation letter.

The office won’t be unfilled as Governor Tony Evers appointed his replacement immediately:

Gov. Tony Evers appointed former Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, who ran for U.S. Senate last year but dropped out of the race ahead of the primary, to fill out the four-year term. Wisconsin’s secretary of state has not been in charge of elections since 1974 and has almost no official duties.

“In a critical position that has seen no turnover in decades, maintaining continuity with a leader who’s prepared and committed to fulfilling this office’s constitutional obligations could not be more important—and there’s no one more uniquely qualified or better suited for the job than Sarah,” Evers said in a statement.

Godlewski said she was humbled by the appointment. She becomes the third woman to hold the position in state history. She served one term as treasurer, from 2018 to 2022.

Well there you have it. What do you think will happen next election go round?


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3 thoughts on “WTF? Wisconsin Secretary of State La Follette Resigns

  1. Hell, when I’m 82…if I even make it that far, I’ll want to focus on my personal needs too.

  2. I can certainly understand Doug’s frustration. I have participated in his campaigns, helping with press releases and such. We go way back to when he first moved to Wisconsin and taught at the then brand new University of Wisconsin Parkside campus. Be well, Mr. LaFollette. Many of us admire you and are thankful for your service.

  3. What do I think will happen in the next election? Godlewski will run and win, though it’ll be an extremely close race.

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