Partisan argument over mandate as Legislature opens

Dems say GOP got majority through redistricting

Published On: Jan 08 2013 07:43:39 AM CST

There's no argument that Republicans have the majority of seats in both the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly as the Legislature gets under way.

But Democrats argue the GOP does not have a mandate.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson said the only reason Republicans have more seats in the Legislature is because they redrew political boundaries last year to their advantage. He calls it a "gerrymandered mandate."

But Republican leaders are rejecting that, saying voters showed repeatedly last year through the general election and recalls that they support Republicans.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said, "We made the case to the voters of Wisconsin," he told reporters during a news conference.

   Fitzgerald won a recall election last year, as did Republican Gov. Scott Walker.