Within a few scant days, the Assembly Republicans unceremoniously dumped Kramer on the side of the road and couldn't get away from him fast enough.
Apparently Kramer's behavior was so scandalous that even Scott walker had to chime in and give him a good swift kick:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stopped short of calling for state Rep. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct Wednesday, but reiterated if the allegations prove true there is no place for that sort of behavior from someone in a "position of public trust."What's remarkable about this story is not that Kramer has been accused of sexually assaulting and harassing women - misogyny is a plank in the GOP platform - but that WISGOP actually took action against him for it.
“Again, as I said the other day, I thought it was appropriate for the speaker (Rep. Robin Vos) and others in leadership to move to have him out of office in the leadership position,” Walker told reporters following a speech at the Monona Terrace Convention Center Wednesday. “Assuming that what’s been alleged against him is accurate, I don’t think that he or anybody else like that should be in a position of public trust.”
After all, Roger Rivard barely got a slap on the wrist and a 30-second time out for saying "some girls, they rape so easy." Scott Suder, who has a history of roughing up and threatening women, had his transgressions overlooked and was richly rewarded for being a good foot soldier for the Koch Empire.
And Scott "Governor Ultrasound" Walker is an idol of the GOP even though he has passed or tried to pass every misogynistic bill imaginable from repealing pay equality laws to the ultrasound law.
The real mind-boggling aspect of all this is that Vos was leading this charge. It is mind-boggling in the fact that Vos is as guilty as anyone of sexual harassment.
Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative has written that she feels that Vos should be removed from office. However, her complaint is based on the well-known fact that Vos was and is having an affair with former Representative Michelle Litjens.
However, Vos' crime is more serious than having an affair.
One must remember that Vos was elected to be the Speaker of the House, a very powerful position. And Litjens was a freshman representative. To be blunt about it, he had power over her and he abused that power by having an affair with her. It is not really any different than if a boss starts having an office romance with his secretary. It is an abuse of his power and his office.
But the odd thing is that one doesn't hear Walker, Charlie Sykes or any of the Teapublicans calling for Vos to step down as speaker. You don't see them rushing to vote him out of any position of authority.
But the gentle reader has probably already figured out yet that the Republicans are the masters of double standards as well as double speak,
And that is a shame. For as Kilkenny said, "What's good for the gander is good for the other gander."
The Republicans were correct in finally holding Kramer responsible for his actions - something they should have done a long, long time ago. But the fact that they won't hold Vos responsible for his actions - despite the similarity in the two - shows why all of them really needs to step down and why the voters should force them out if they don't.