Wisconsin lawmakers oust majority leader over sex accusations

MILWAUKEE Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:56pm EST

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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Republican lawmakers voted unanimously on Tuesday to remove Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer from his post after two women accused him of sexual harassment last week, according to party leadership.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' office said Assembly Republicans voted 57-0, to remove Kramer, who has held the post since September.

After the vote was taken, the Republican caucus went into a closed meeting to discuss filling the post, said Kit Beyer, Vos' spokeswoman.

A woman accused Kramer, 49, of harassing her on Wednesday during a fundraiser thrown by a lobbying and public relations firm in Washington, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The paper said another woman accused him of harassing her on the flight back to Wisconsin on Thursday.

Kramer's office released a statement on Saturday, saying he had entered a treatment facility.

As majority leader, Kramer led the day-to-day activities on the Assembly floor.

Kramer is a lawyer and certified public accountant who has represented communities west of Milwaukee since 2006.

(Editing by Scott Malone and Gunna Dickson)

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SunnyDaySam wrote:
The funny thing about this is, Bill Kramer still hasn’t taken any personal responsibility for this. And he never will. No Republican rep ever mans up and takes responsibility. If you know of even one instance where they have, please let us know. He might come up with the usual non-apology ‘apology’, but that’s it.

Mar 04, 2014 2:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:
Really is he snakey scum? Don’t know him. Don’t know the women accusers either. I am personally someone who thinks some people really do go too far in their claims of sexual harassment but that’s me. What exactly did he say or do, I’m just curious. Fondle them, kiss them, ask them out, tell them they looked great, pinched a boobie, smacked a fanny, licked an ear, rubbed up against them? Okay, I admit I want details. I’ve always given people one chance in this area. Some people, men and women, don’t always mean to be piggies or step out of bounds so depending on the exact nature of the harrassment being accused of, I’ve seen times when a sincere Oh, my gosh I am so sorry. I never meant for you to take my awkward attempts at asking you out as harrassment. The woman realizes he’s sincere, forgives the sloppiness of his date request and they move on. He knows NEVER to ask her out again. Minor infraction in my opinion.
Then we have the hound dog sleaze bag that stares only at the boob level, pats the behinds of every woman he knows, doesn’t just hug hello, hugs and rubs hello, talks gutter porn raunch thinking it’s some hot turn on for his assistant, or tries to slip her the tongue. That is not a minor infraction.
So, give me details. Let me hear it from the womens’ mouths. Don’t need to see their faces, I just want to hear what they say.
I’m sure it’s already been totally investigated as to merit so I’m not going to probably get to hear the details here.

Mar 04, 2014 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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