Wisconsin Jeff Fitzgerald: Dems Still in Contempt – Can’t Vote in Committee

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader, Senator Scott Fitzgerald has notified the Republican Caucus that all 14 Democrat Senators who fled the state to avoid voting on issues they opposed are still in “contempt of the Senate” and their votes in Standing Committees will be NOT be counted or recorded:

The following email went out today:

From: Sen.Fitzgerald
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52 PM
To: *Legislative Senate Republicans
Subject: Senate Democrat voting privileges in standing committees

Dear Members,

With the return of the Senate Democrats this weekend, questions have arisen regarding Democrat members’ participation in Senate standing committee public hearings and executive sessions.

Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office.

Thank you,

Scott Fitzgerald
Senate Majority Leader
13th Senate District

There may be more to this than a little sweet revenge. The Democrat vote could be helped along with a GOP defecter(s) – not saying that will/would happen, just…what if? But there’s no “what if” if they can’t vote in the first place.

Read more at JSOnline and check out the thread at Memorandum (and there’s a new thread this morning (3-15-11 here)

Linked by The Lonely Conservative – Thank You, Karen!


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  • Fire the 14

  • I mean fire them

  • jon w

    so it pleases you that these duly elected members of the wisconsin legislature will be denied the right to vote? that’s pretty unamerican…unpatriotic…anti-freedom of you

    • jon w, what pleases me is that these two-year olds are learning their actions have consequences. They refused to do their duty, refused to fulfill their obligations – and in doing so, denied Republicans their right to bring forth legislation to be voted on. Now they continue to stand in contempt of the senate and will not receive the same privileges of those who heeded the call to the senate and showed up to work.

    • They had the freedom to vote.. they chose to run. They work for the people of their state.. they are not elected to cower in another state. Sorry Jon, again your on the wrong side of the argument. Like Maggie says, actions have consequences. Did the Republicans run when they were faced with an overwhelming opposition..? When they were locked out of the negotiations of the monster health care bill.? No.. they stayed and made their voices heard. We heard them and we protested and we voted to replace and to re-align. These 14 cowards deserve the worst that can happen politically to them. They’re no different than drop outs. I say the state of Wisconsin should let them go back to their private lives and put people in office to represent their state that have the conviction of their principles and will not run at the first sight of opposition. Shame on them.

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  • Juju

    Maggie, wrong brother. Read your document. The senator’s name is Scott Fritzgerld. You have the name and picture of his brother.

    • Juju – dang! and thank you. I knew that it was Scott, don’t know why I said Jeff or where I found the pic. I guess I was looking for Jeff. Thank you so much for pointing it out.