Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Waukesha County: Get a new county clerk

Waukesha County needs a new county clerk.

Kathy Nickolaus -- who sat for more than a day on the news that she goofed in reporting votes from the City of Brookfield -- wisely pulled herself out of running the recount of votes in the hotly contested state supreme court election which originally had challenger Joanne Kloppenburg with a razor thin lead until the "missing" Brookfield votes were "found" and reported.

It appears that Nickolaus -- no stranger to controversy as observed here earlier this month -- had some prodding from state officials but nonetheless it was the right thing to do.

So why the "I have no comment" when asked tonight by a news reporter about the rationale for her decision to recuse herself?

The high road would have been to proudly say that "Given the history here I felt it was proper to avoid even the appearance that there might be impropriety in the process."

That would have been the high road.  Nickolaus didn't take it.  Even though I don't buy the notion that there was hanky-panky in her goof-up, sitting on disclosing the error and now giving evasive answers to what ought to be a simple answer should prompt Waukesha County voters to give her the boot.

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