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Thursday, July 9, 2015

 10:35 AM 

Barca chides Gannon for bringing 'dishonor' to Assembly

Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, opened today's session by chiding freshman GOP Rep. Bob Gannon for bringing "dishonor" on the Assembly for vowing he would not vote for the budget unless it includes "real" prevailing wage changes.

Barca said the comments constituted logrolling, which is prohibited by statutes, but he was not going to file a complaint against Gannon because he was just in his first term.

In a statement earlier this week, Gannon declared "Throw me in jail!"

Looking directly at Gannon, R-Slinger, Barca accused the Republican of "ridiculous and reckless talk."

"You might smile," Barca said. "You might think this is funny, but you bring dishonor to this body when you think you’re above the law."

Gannon insisted he broke no law and was "bringing sarcasm" to the issue as he stood up for taxpayers.

"There is no law against me saying I'm going to stand up for the taxpayers of this great state when they're being abused by state statute and paying hundreds of millions of dollars for construction projects in this state," Gannon said.

Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, tried to defuse the situation saying, "Obviously, people did not get enough sleep last night."

He said the appropriate thing to do when someone in the chamber makes a mistake is to apologize and "say you're sorry to the institution," to the state, taxpayers and others.

"So on behalf of the citizens of Wisconsin, I think it's important to remember why we're here, not to play politics, not be the victim and just say once in a while you say something stupid and it's OK to admit that," Vos said.


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