By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Last week Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and other city officials complained they were not invited to an Assembly committee informal hearing on well-heeled third party groups’ involvement in Green Bay’s November election.
Now invited to appear next week before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, Genrich and crew are begging off.
Committee Chairwoman State Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) reached out Monday to Genrich’s office. She was told to send an email to both the mayor and his assistant, according to documents obtained by Empower Wisconsin through an open records request.
“Hello Mayor Genrich, I am holding a Campaigns & Elections Committee hearing next Wednesday, March 31st at 10am and would love to welcome you as a testifier. The discussion topic will be the emails regarding Green Bay’s 2020 election. Would you be available that day?” Brandtjen wrote Monday on the mayor’s general contact email, as instructed.
Genrich never did answer. Instead, Green Bay City Attorney Vanessa Chavez stepped in, telling Brandtjen that she was “the proper person to represent the City.”
“Unfortunately, I have a scheduling conflict on that day, so the City will not be able to attend on March 31st,” Chavez wrote. She did offer to share the “report” the Green Bay Common Council directed her to put together on the “City’s activities with respect to the election.”
Those activities include permitting representatives from left-leaning organizations to be heavily involved in the preparation and administration of the presidential election in Green Bay.
Particularly concerning is the work of Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, a long-time Democratic operative who served as Wisconsin leader for the National Vote at Home Institute.
The National Vote at Home Institute, is one of several private, left-leaning groups, funded largely by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Spitzer-Rubenstein, with an impressive political resume working for Democratic politicians and campaigns, had significant influence over the administration of the presidential election in Green Bay and, it appears, in Milwaukee. The Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life received hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from Zuckerberg and his wife, money they pumped out in big grants to to cities in the name of “safe elections.”
Spitzer-Rubenstein appears to have played point man for the coordinated effort between the “Wisconsin 5,” Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine — which received a combined $6.3 million in Zuckerberg money.
Emails show the activist offered to correct or “cure” Green Bay’s absentee ballots as he said he did in Milwaukee, and he appears to have had access to ballots, “sensitive machines” and “hidden” networks at Green Bay’s Central Count location.
As Brandtjen noted, the mayor was quick to label the hearing a “Stalinist show trial” and publicly complained he was not invited to speak.
“It is very disappointing that Green Bay’s Mayor Eric Genrich is avoiding the opportunity to appear before the committee to answer for these very serious allegations. The buck stops with the Mayor and he needs to answer for his office,” the committee chair said in a press release. “I hope the Mayor will rethink his position on the matter. The people of Green Bay, as well as the people of Wisconsin, deserve to hear the truth.”