MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's spokesman is defending the governor's decision to order Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to defend state schools Superintendent Tony Evers in a key lawsuit over the extent of Evers' authority.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit Monday alleging Evers has been writing education policy without Walker's permission as required by state law. The governor on Wednesday ordered Schimel to represent Evers in the lawsuit even though Schimel believes Evers is acting illegally.
Evers' camp says the governor is robbing him of a defense in the case. But Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said Schimel has the best interests of the state in mind and Evers shouldn't shy away from accountability.
Evers is one of more than a dozen Democrats running or considering a run against Walker next year.