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AWOL WI Dems Deny Reports Of Return

From United Press International (UPI):

Wis. Democrats deny standoff to end soon

Published: March. 7, 2011

MADISON, Wis., March 7 (UPI) — Wisconsin Senate Democrats say they don’t plan to return to Madison "until workers’ rights are preserved."

The lawmakers denied a report by The Wall Street Journal that they would return to the capital soon, saying the newspaper took a statement out of context.

The Journal said in its online edition late Sunday the 14 senators who fled Wisconsin to prevent the state Senate from having a quorum to vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget bill would return to Wisconsin "in the relatively near future."

The newspaper quoted state Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller as saying, "We are now looking at returning to the state Capitol and requiring the senators to take a vote and have them declare who they’re with — the workers or the governor."

Neither statement was in the newspaper’s story when United Press International reviewed it early Monday. The story still said the senators "planned to come back from exile soon." It said the senators were "betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they’ll taint the state’s Republican governor and legislators."

UPI was unable to get a comment overnight from the Journal on its story.

State Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee said in a statement the Journal took Miller’s comments "out of context."

"Dems will return when collective bargaining is off the table," he said. "That could be soon, based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans. Unfortunately, the WSJ fished for the quote they wanted, skipping this key step in logic: We won’t come back until workers’ rights are preserved."

Miller said through a spokesman the Democrats were negotiating with Republicans to reach a compromise that does not strip state workers’ of their bargaining rights.

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton told WisPolitics.com Democrats were not preparing to return…

We understand. It’s hard to go back to work after a three week paid vacation.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 7th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AWOL WI Dems Deny Reports Of Return”

  1. untrainable says:

    “…based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans
    What growing public opposition. I see growing teamsters opposition (especially teamsters from other states), but not growing public opposition. And every recall effort I’ve heard about is to recall the runaways, not the Republicans.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Hey where are all the news stories about Michael Moore actually on the protest line???? What happened there? Where are all the pictures? Inquiring minds want to know why there are not 24/7/365 stories on his standing with the ‘little guys’ against ‘The Man’.

    I am glad that Gov Walker refused to go talk to these fleebaggers and instead simply demands that they return to the State House and do the jobs they were elected to do –

    Don’t like the bills on the floor – vote NO, but alas when Dems are in control there is no bi-partisanship, no deals, it is purely ‘elections have consequences’.

    Now that the shoe is firmly on the other foot – the Dems resort to juvenile tactics to stall in an attempt to force their desire on the State. Personally I hope that WI gets sick of this and in 2012 finishes the job with a 100% Republican sweep.

    Teach them that consequences can be worse than cutting budgets and forcing a change to the taxpayers hostage status in eternal Public Union ‘collective bargaining’.

  3. canary says:

    When they’ve been sneaking back and forth to their homes, what’s the rush in being forced back to the stench and trash at the Capital they encouraged.

    When the WI & IL police unions are siding with the hooky rookies, I’m guessing they didn’t even have to hide in their trunks to avoid state troopers. Probably got an escort at that.

    The Washington Examiner:
    by: Byron York 03/04/11

    “We know that certain senators have been coming back on the weekends and spending time with their families or coming back at night,” Republican Sen. Randy Hopper told me Thursday night. In an interview with Fox News’ Greta van Susteren, Majority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald said much the same thing. “There’s no doubt that the Democratic senators have been sneaking back and forth,” Fitzgerald told Fox, “and some being as bold as to stay overnight in their own homes.”

    … for the fugitive Democrats, but law enforcement will have the authority to detain the lawmakers and take them to the Capitol if they are spotted in Wisconsin…

    Related: Amid Wisconsin battle, Labor Secy joins union planning call: ‘Let’s keep fighting’

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/wisconsin-gop-fugitive-dems-are-making-secret-visits-home#ixzz1FwtT8V00


  4. P. Aaron says:

    These AWOL Dems should be forced to clean out NY Taxicabs after their late-night shifts.

  5. preparing4theworst says:

    The Governers dream response… recind the state citizenship of all the awols creating empty senate seats, then appointing someone more responsible to fill them… now THAT would be real funny, I don’t care who you are..

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