Gov. Walker calls for dismantling of state elections board

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling for the dismantling of an independent state agency that oversees elections and that authorized an investigation into his 2012 recall campaign.

Walker on Monday told reporters that he wanted to scrap the Government Accountability Board and replace it with “something completely new that is truly accountable to the people of the state of Wisconsin.”

His comments come a week into his campaign for president and just four days after the state Supreme Court said an investigation approved by the board into whether conservative groups illegally coordinated with Walker’s 2012 recall campaign must not continue.

Republican state lawmakers are working on reshaping the board, which is comprised of former judges and oversees both elections and campaign finance laws. It began operation in 2008.