Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 31, 2022
MADISON — Attorney General Josh Kaul has spent his time in office putting liberal politics above the rule of law. More so, he’s compromised the constitution and individual rights in pursuit of more power for the executive branch and bigger government.
Kaul’s worst abuses have come during the pandemic, when Gov. Tony Evers abused his power in the name of public health. The attorney general played lawyer for the governor’s untenable defense of statewide stay-at-home orders that destroyed “nonessential” businesses, restricted freedom of religion and closed Wisconsin’s schools.
As Kaul’s opponent, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, opined in a column last week, “the most blatant political abuse of power during the COVID epidemic came from Attorney General Josh Kaul, who specifically targeted religious and private schools for closure at the behest of Madison’s teachers’ union.”
“In 2020, Kaul filed a legal brief in a case siding with an unelected Dane County bureaucrat who issued an order prohibiting students from attending religious and private schools,” Toney wrote.
Kaul’s argument was that parents and religious schools “offer[ed] no scientific evidence that either controvert[ed] the efficacy of in-person instruction restrictions or show[ed] that their proffered alternatives would be as effective” as remote learning. History has shown the attorney general to have been terribly wrong on that count.
More recently, Kaul has pledged to defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling putting the question of abortion law back in the hands of the states. And he’s encouraged district attorneys to do the same. It’s the latest example of Kaul picking and choosing which law he will follow or enforce based on his political position. For nearly 50 years, attorneys general across the country were forced to uphold a Roe v. Wade ruling they found unconscionable or personally repugnant because they swore an oath to uphold the law.
Josh Kaul has been an attorney for the left since he took his oath of office, because he is a tool of the left.
This week, the Democrat attorney general is our Tool of the Week.