Madison (AP) - State Superintendent and Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers is refusing legal representation from the state Department of Justice in a lawsuit filed to undercut his powers.
Evers said Tuesday he is "firing" the Justice Department. The move comes after Republican Gov. Scott Walker last week ordered the Justice Department to represent Evers in a case brought challenging his powers as superintendent to pass administrative rules without the governor's approval.
Evers said it's an abuse of power for Walker to force him to be represented by attorneys who believe the arguments being brought by those challenging Evers.
A spokesman for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to questions of whether Evers' request would be granted.
The fight over who represents Evers in the lawsuit could itself result in a separate lawsuit.