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Leibham Settles Appointment Dispute


MADISON, WI (WHBL) - State Senator Joe Leibham was right in the middle of a contentious issue in Madison Wednesday and eventually decided it.  Democrats on a state Senate committee rejected the appointment of former judge and Congressman Harold Froehlich to the state Government Accountability Board.  The elections' panel reached a 2-2 deadlock  before Sheboygan Republican Leibham, who was listening on the phone and was cut off, called back and cast the deciding vote.  Democrats questioned Froehlich's ability to act fairly on the non-partisan elections and ethics board.  That's after learned he gave 200-dollars to Governor Scott Walker's campaign and another 200 to a G-O-P Senate campaign group in 2011.  An A-P reporter said Republican committee chair Mary Lazich stormed out of the meeting after Democrat Lena Taylor refused to stop questioning the panel's attorney.  Lazich returned a few minutes later, and Leibham had cast his yes vote while she was gone, approving the recommendation.  The full Senate could vote on Froehlich's confirmation as early as Tuesday.