ASSEMBLY REPUBLICANS HAVE STRIPPED A LEADER OF HIS
AFTER MEMBERS OF HIS CAUCUS SAY THEY WITNESSED HIM
SEXUALLY HARASSING TWO WOMEN.
ASSISTANT ASSMEBLY MAJORITY LEADER JIM STEINEKE SAID
HE PERSONALLY WITNESSED REP.
BILL KRAMER HARASS A LOBBYIST AND A STAFFER
STEINEKE TOLD WISPOLITICS LAWMAKERS WENT TO A BAR
FOLLOWING A FUNDRAISER...LAST WEEK IN WASHINGTON.
HE CLAIMS HE WALKED INTO THE BAR AREA TO SEE REPRESENTATIVE
BILL KRAMER SPEAKING TO A LOBBYIST WHO LOOKED UNCOMFORTABLE
STEINEKE SAID KRAMER'S COMMENTS WERE SEXUAL IN NATURE...
HE THEN LATER SAW KRAMER PUT HIS ARM AROUND A LEGISLATIVE
STAFFER AND GRAB HER BREAST.
THEN STEINEKE MOVED QUICKLY TO GET KRAMER OUT OF THE
NEWS THREE POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP HAS MORE
ON THE VOTE TO REMOVE HIM FROM LEADERSHIP.
For the first time in state history, a woman now holds
the position of Assembly Majority leader, but under
COVER BEGINNINGcolleagues i rise today to make a motion
to remove rep bill kramer :52 from the position of
republican assembly majority leader, effective immediately
ASSEMBLY REPUBLICANS SPENT JUST MORE THAN AN HOUR
IN PRIVATE DISCUSSING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MAJORITY
LEADER BILL KRAMER...
ACCUSED OF GROPING A FEMALE LOBBYIST.
AND MAKING INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS TO A FEMALE STAFFER...
SOME OF THE ACTIONS WITNESSED BY OTHER LAWMAKERS.
we cant condone that, i dont care what side of the
aisle you're on, i dont care what caucus you are,
we cannot condone that kind of activity
THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO STRIP HIM OF HIS LEADERSHIP
THEN AFTER DISCUSSION AGAIN IN CLOSED CAUCUS...
TWO RETIRING FEMALE LAWMAKERS NOMINATED EACHOTHER
TO REPLACE KRAMER...
STRACHOTA i know you would be a fabulous majority
leader because you have a lot of dedication for this
WILLIAMS 31;57 shes done a good job for us and i'm
sure she would do a good job in the future
LAMAKERS THEN ELECTED STRACHOTA AS MAJORITY LEADER...
STRACHOTAwhen I woke up this morning i didnt know
this is where i was going to be this afternoon but
i will step up to the challenge as the majority leader
ASSEMBLY SPEAKER VOS SAYS HE'S UNSURE WHETHER KRAMER
WILL RETURN IN TWO REMAINING SESSION DAYS...
BUT DOESN'T THINK HE SHOULD RETURN NEXT SESSION.
i think what rep kramer
did is something that is reprehensible
and something that cant be forgiven :01 so his district
will ultimately decide but i hope he decides not to
run for reelection
Kramer was not in caucus.
and Vos said he has not spoken to him since he cancelled
a meeting Saturday and entered treatment.
kramer has not offered comment since the news broke.
at the capitol, jessica arp, wisc news three
THE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SAID SOMEONE HAD FILED A COMPLAINT
WITH LEGISLATIVE HUMAN RESOURCES AGAINST KRAMER, BUT
WASN'T AWARE OF ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES BEING FILED.