- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The head of Wisconsin’s elections board says a question posed to him during a public hearing by a Republican state senator was “right out of the McCarthy era.”

Kevin Kennedy was asked during a public hearing on Tuesday about his relationship with former IRS director Lois Lerner.

Kennedy fired back to Republican Sen. Chris Kapenga: “Seriously, do you have no decency? I owe you no explanation about my personal relationships.”

Kennedy then explained that he had known Lerner for years and they have a “professional friendship.”

Kapenga’s question came during roughly two hours of testimony Kennedy gave in opposition to a bill that would eliminate his position and do away with the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board he leads, creating two partisan panels in its place.

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