To err is Kathy
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus sat down for an interview with the Waukesha Freeman. After reading the interview, it’s hard to muster any sympathy for her.
Take this clunker for an example:
THE FREEMAN: Did you tell the board of canvassers as soon as you were aware of the possibility of an error?
NICKOLAUS: I’m going to pass on that question.
How do you “pass” on that question? Actually, we already know the answer to the Freeman’s question. The answer is “no.” But then that answer leads to more questions, like, “Why not?” and “Who did you tell instead?” You can see why she might want to pass on those questions, but they’re questions she is eventually going to have to answer.
THE FREEMAN: Do you feel personally responsible for the recount?
NICKOLAUS: No, I don’t. It was (Kloppenburg’s) right to ask for it.
No? Seriously? Nickolaus doesn’t feel even a tiny bit personally responsible for the recount?
THE FREEMAN: What are some election changes you’d like to see happen?
NICKOLAUS: If I can find better ways to make process more transparent on election night, I would like to do that. Anyone is welcome to come and observe.
Here is just a tiny hint: DON’T MAKE EVERYONE SIT IN ANOTHER ROOM WHILE THE ELECTION RESULTS COME IN.
While we’re at it: DON’T THROW THE MEDIA OUT OF THE CLERK’S OFFICE.
And then my favorite part of the interview:
THE FREEMAN: Was (April 7) the worst day of your life so far?
NICKOLAUS: If it ended after just one day, it would’ve been the worst day of my life. I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone. I’m sure there was a reason it happened, but I don’t believe I’m going to find the reason in my time, and I believe it’ll be shown to me when it’s time.
“I’m sure there was a reason it happened, but I don’t believe I’m going to find the reason in my time, and I believe it’ll be shown to me when it’s time.” Most of us who have been observing Nickolaus for a while know there is a reason for what happened. It wasn’t fraud, it was Kathy.
By the way, notice that this fiasco happened to her. There is not an apology to the Waukesha County taxpayers. There is not an apology to Justice David Prosser or even JoAnne Kloppenburg. There is not even an apology to the residents of the city of Brookfield whom Kloppenburg’s lawyers were contemplating disenfranchising because of Nickolaus’ screw up.