Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) denied any involvement in the “fake elector” scheme after being called into question by Rep. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday.
During a radio interview on 1310 WIBA, Johnson discussed the January 6 Select Committee hearing that revealed his chief of staff made an attempt to hand fake elector votes to Vice President Mike Pence prior to the joint session of the U.S. Congress to certify the presidential election.
“We need to get a document on the Wisconsin electors to you for the VP immediately,” former Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jim Troupis told Johnson at 11:36 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021, according to texts provided to conservative media outlet Just the News and reported by Madison.com. “Is there a staff person I can talk to immediately. Thanks Jim T.”
Just The News also reported that Kelly was in communication with Troupis, who then connected with Johnson.
“We found out how this came from Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly’s office. We couldn’t even remember who delivered this to us,” Johnson said. “We didn’t know what it was, we thought it was documents involved in the electors. Once we got it, again I didn’t know it, I was probably already up in the Senate. OK? So they found out they were the alternate slate of electors. Not only from Wisconsin but from Michigan, which is odd. You know.”
In a statement, Kelly’s office said Johnson’s allegations are “patently false.” The statement added that the two have not spoken for years and Kelly has no knowledge of Johnson’s claims related to the election.