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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 3:28 PM 

Tempers flare on floor; Gannon flips off Barca

A floor debate over a news release Rep. Bob Gannon recently put out about murder rates in Milwaukee escalated to the point of the Slinger Republican giving Rep. Peter Barca the middle finger.

"It's totally inappropriate to give someone the finger, for God's sake, on the floor of the Assembly," Barca, D-Kenosha, said. Barca called for Gannon to be reprimanded and called for an apology.

Gannon, R-Slinger, apologized.

"In the heat of the battle, I made a gesture that was inappropriate," Gannon said, adding later, "I do apologize for the gesture."

The exchange followed Dem Rep. Mandela Barnes, of Milwaukee, and others asking Gannon for an apology for comments in the news release.

"We've continued to hear very irresponsible rhetoric from this gentleman," Barnes said.

Gannon in the news release drew a comparison between murder and unemployment rates in Milwaukee. In the release, Gannon noted unemployment in Milwaukee among black people is 20 percent, which he said was four times as high as the "white unemployment rate" in the city and state.

Gannon also said in the release Milwaukee leads in "murder and mayhem" per capita, and much of that crime occurs in black neighborhoods that have high unemployment.

Gannon would not apologize for those comments and accused Barnes and others of attacking his character. He said it is "racist" to ignore "that it's predominantly blacks that are dying."

"Put your focus where it belongs," Gannon said, "and stop worrying about me."

Gannon then made the gesture toward Barca when he responded, again calling for an apology.


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