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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

 7:11 AM 

Wood debate continues

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said Wood's actions were "foolish" but he said the unpredictable cocktail of drugs he was on to battle anxiety and depression were responsible for two of his three driving while intoxicated arrests.

"Unlesss you know he was trying to purposely abuse those drugs, you should not vote to expel," Pocan said.

Pocan said Wood has substance abuse and mental health issues, and he doesn't believe those should be used as an excuse to expel him.

"I don't know a single person in this body who would be mean-spirited enough to do that," he said.

Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, said legislators log a lot of miles on Wisconsin roads, and reminded the legislators that two of his alleged offenses were committed when he was driving from the Capitol.

"I have no confidence that's not going to happen again in the next eight months," Gundrum said.

Hubler said that Gundrum's argument is moot because Wood had his license taken away when he had his license taken away as part of his plea agreement Monday.

Rep. Keven Peterson, R-Waupaca, said if Wood is not expelled he will continue to draw his taxpayer-funded salary.

"How you go home and look an unemployed constituent in the eye," Peterson said.


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