The commissioner, Bob Spindell, praised Jack Posobiec, a far-right agitator
who is known for spreading conspiracies and disinformation on the Trump-friendly One America News Network.
“Thank you @JackPosobiec for tuning into the WIS Election Commission Meeting last night. I appreciate your kind words & all the hard work you do. I will keep you up to date on all the interesting things happening with the WIS Recount,” Spindell tweeted
on Thursday, referring to the election commission’s meeting on Wednesday to set parameters for the partial recount.
The tweet — Spindell’s first post since July — was first spotted
by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The six-member Wisconsin Election Commission, which includes Spindell, oversees the state’s elections. They’ve played a pivotal role this year, from helping decide
which third-party presidential candidates were on the ballot, to setting the parameters for the state’s partial recount.
The panel’s Democratic chairwoman rebuked
Spindell at the meeting for spreading what she called a “paranoid conspiracy” that mail ballots were improperly sent to voters. Posobiec posted about Spindell
during the meeting and encouraged his 1.2 million followers to follow Spindell.
“I do not know him, and I have not been on his Twitter page,” Spindell told CNN on Friday. “Just to tell you how much I know about Twitter, I probably had, I don’t know, one to two hundred people before this thing started. So, I really wasn’t involved in Twitter. But I guess I am now.”
An ardent Trump supporter, Posobiec is widely known for live-streaming his 2016 investigation of Comet Ping Pong, the restaurant at the center of the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory
, which falsely accused Democratic officials of participating in a child sex trafficking ring. A man who later fired a gun
in the pizzeria while searching for supposed predators is now in prison.
Since the election, Posobiec has repeatedly promoted false claims
about the election being stolen from…
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