Assembly Democrats stay with leader

Assembly Democrats stay with leader
Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca

Wisconsin Democrats have decided to stick with Peter Barca as Assembly minority leader despite a lackluster showing in last week’s elections.

Republicans expanded their majority from 60 members last session to 62 this session with one race still too close to call on Tuesday. That’s the GOP’s biggest majority since 1957.

Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, has served as minority leader since 2011. Rep. Evan Goyke, a Milwaukee Democrat, decided to challenge him, telling Assembly Democrats during their first post-election meeting on Tuesday it’s time for a new approach. Barca countered that Democrats faced a national Republican wave and the odds have been stacked against them since Republicans redrew legislative district boundaries.

Barca won a secret ballot to retain his post.