MADISON, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A conservative policy group filed an open records lawsuit today against Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski, accusing her of blocking a request it hopes can shed light on the events that led to her appointment earlier this year. Governor Tony Evers tapped Godlewski for the role on March 17th, the day her predecessor, longtime Secretary of State Doug La Follette, abruptly resigned less than three months into his eleventh consecutive term. Republicans who control the state legislature blasted the move as a quid pro quo and called on Evers to instead hold a special election to fill the job.

Godlewski has repeatedly denied allegations that Evers handed her the office as a reward for dropping out of the U.S. Senate race and endorsing Mandela Barnes