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Thursday, March 5, 2015

 11:40 AM 

Assembly debates Dem resolution calling for Walker apology

Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, dismissed the resolution as nothing more than a sign Dems have “Walker derangement syndrome.” 

If Dems simply wanted a resolution thanking workers, Vos said all 63 Republicans would sign on. 

“He never compared public workers to terrorists,” Vos said. “All he did was say he had a backbone of steel, and I’m telling you he does.”

Dems, though, took turns decrying Walker’s comments as an attack on first responders, teachers and nurses and recounted how they and their relatives joined the protesters four years ago. They also insisted there was no mistaking what Walker said.

“Is that what our presidential politics has sunk to?” asked Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau. “Is this the way that people view their political opponents these days that they draw that equivalent. They were peaceful protests.”

GOP Rep. Joel Kleefisch, who’s married to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, took umbrage at the description of protesters. He recounted some in the Capitol who he said made obscene comments toward his children, let bullets outside the offices of lawmakers and the death threats some faced. He also told the chamber there was 24-hour surveillance outside his home.

“What short memories we have,” Kleefisch said.


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