Governor Walker withdraws nominee for accountability board

CREATED Nov. 4, 2013

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  • Judges David G. Deininger (from left), Harry G. Snyder and Ralph Adam Fine listen Wednesday to arguments. Image by Tom Lynn

 MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has withdrawn his nomination of a former judge who was chairman of the nonpartisan board that oversees elections during Walker's recall in 2012.

Walker's office on Monday provided The Associated Press with a copy of the governor's Oct. 24 letter withdrawing the nomination of Judge David Deininger. 
 
Deininger is a former Republican state representative who was one of the first members of the Government Accountability Board when it was created in 2008.
   
Walker reappointed Deininger to the board in 2011 for a term that expires in 2016. But Deininger was never confirmed by the Republican-controlled state Senate.
   
Walker is asking the Senate to replace Deininger on the board with Harold Froehlich, an 81-year-old former Republican congressman who worked as an Outagamie County circuit judge for 30 years.