Rivard told he's always welcome in GOP caucus

Former state assembly rep says ‘it can't get any worse’ in farewell

Published On: Nov 13 2012 01:12:08 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 01:23:22 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

The Republican majority leader of the State Assembly gave a fond goodbye to a fellow GOP lawmaker who was not re-elected on Nov. 6 after making controversial comments about rape in December.

The Republican majority leader of the State Assembly said Wisconsin's 75th Assembly District lawmaker Rep. Roger Rivard -- who lost re-election after recounting advice his father had given him that “some girls rape easy” -- is always welcome in the Republican caucus.

Rivard, of Rice Lake, Wis., gave a tearful farewell to his Republican colleagues on Tuesday.

Rivard said the last few weeks since his comment was widely reported have been "pretty rough," but he looks forward to traveling the country with his wife.  

“It can't get any worse than it is right now,” he said.

Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder introduced Rivard by calling him a class act, dear friend and true citizen legislator. He said he was proud to serve with Rivard and welcomed him to visit any time.