On November 5, the Wisconsin State Senate held a floor session to vote on the appointment of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary-Designee Brad Pfaff. All 19 Republicans refused to confirm him after 11 months on the job. Five of the the 19 Republicans had voted to confirm Pfaff in committee. During the floor session, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) made the argument that he's "a good man" and "is undeniably qualified for this job." Senate Majority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said that he had warned the governor that there wasn't enough support for Pfaff due to "a number of missteps" since he started. Sen. Fitzgerald referred to DATCP's ATCP 51 Livestock Siting Rule change proposal and comments Pfaff made about Republicans and farmer suicide. "And, I think as we stand here today, there's a number of members of the majority that just aren't comfortable with Brad Pfaff."

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