MADISON - Democratic Gov. Tony Evers warned lawmakers Monday that they would put the public’s health at risk if they repeal his face mask order, as the state Senate’s Republican leader said he was unsure whether GOP lawmakers could agree to take that step.
Evers said the state’s business community was on his side as he tries to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau would create a mess if they overturn the mask requirement, he said.
“I’ve heard Fitz say a couple times now about the radicals that convinced me to do this,” Evers said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I didn’t realize that the leaders of Johnson Controls, Kohler, Manpower, Kwik Trip (and) lots of other businesses in the state represent the radical left.
"They need to think this through. This will hurt the health of Wisconsinites and it will be a mess politically for everybody. Talk about dividing people!”
Fitzgerald, who faces a primary opponent next week in his bid for Congress, said he hoped to bring the Senate into session as soon as this week to eliminate the mask requirement. But he added that he couldn’t do so without the agreement of Republicans who control that house.