You got to love the cheek of Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), one of ring-leaders of 14 truant Wisconsin Democratic Senators who’ve fled the Badger State for the Land of Lincoln. (Guess they must like the tax rates there, considering the number of tax increases Wisconsin Democrats passed when they ran the state legislature). This guy flees the state so as to prevent a vote on one issue, yet whines that a committee chairman won’t let him vote on another.
Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), the chair of the chamber’s Committee on Transportation and Elections (on which Mr. Erpenach serves), “refused to let him vote because he and the 13 other Senate Democrats left the state Thursday“:
Senators routinely participate in committee meetings by phone and are allowed to debate, offer amendments and vote on measures. But Lazich said she wasn’t allowing Erpenbach to vote because he had an invalid reasons for being absent.
“I won’t extend courtesies for unethical behavior,” Lazich told Erpenbach.
“Do you want the headline to be, ‘Republicans won’t let Democrats vote,’ even though we’ve allowed that many, many times?” Erpenbach said.
Emphasis added. Skipping out to avoid voting on one issue seems a pretty invalid excuse for not being in town to vote on another issue..
Oh, and Jon, you got the headline wrong. It’s not that Republicans won’t let Democrats vote. It’s that Democrats have fled the state so Republicans can’t vote, even though Wisconsin voters elected them to run the state legislature and to serve in the governor’s mansion. What cheek, saying Republicans won’t let him vote when he flees the state expressly to block a vote scheduled by majority Republicans! Oh, some Democrats today just don’t realize how silly they sound!
His absence not only prevents the elected members of the state legislature from voting on a budget, it may well also force state officials to lay off employees.
Kudos, Senator Lazich, for not letting him vote on one issue when he is deliberately dodging a vote on another.
He’s not just trying to have it both ways, you know getting to vote on issues he wants to vote on, but not on others, he’s also blaming a Republican for his absence. He and his fellow “Democrats have given no sense of when they’ll return. ‘How soon I get there is up to your governor,’ Erpenbach told the committee.”
There you go, Jon, passing the buck. It’s not the governor who set off for Illinois when he was elected to serve the people of Wisconsin’s 27th Senate district. You did. The state capital, as my 1o-year-old nephew can tell you, is in Madison, Wisconsin not Rockford, Harvard or Chicago, Illinois. That’s where you do your work and serve your constituents.
It’s not up to the governor, Jon, it’s up to you. And your fellow Democrats.
You made the choice to flee to Illinois. He didn’t send you there.