Sources said one incident involving Kramer and the women occurred shortly after the fundraising event. Another incident occurred on the Thursday flight back to Wisconsin.Bice further reports that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos - no puritan himself - is taking swift action and that it is likely that Kramer will lose his leadership position.
Kramer is accused of groping at least one of the women and making lewd and inappropriate remarks to at least two women.
"Part of it is supposedly verbal and some of it is physical," said a source.
It should be noted that the Republicans' dismay over Kramer is more than a bit disingenuous. They knew about Kramer's behavior problems when they elected him:
Two paragraphs from the Green Bay Press Gazette does a good job of giving us a glimpse of the kind ofIt should be noted that Vos had supported Kramer's opponent, Dean Knudson, during that election. I wouldn't be surprised if Vos makes a push for Knudson again, although learned people have also said keep an eye on Dale Kooyenga, WISGOP's current golden boy.
clown prince WISGOP has running the assembly majority:
But he also displayed a testiness bordering on anger over the frequent protests and interruptions from spectators in the gallery, including during the marathon 61-hour filibuster over the collective bargaining bill in 2011. Kramer was a strict enforcer of Assembly rules barring signs, cameras, clapping or other outbursts.Yup, Little Big Man Kramer is so afraid that someone might take a picture of his bad side that he won't allow cameras in the gallery, but has no problem packing heat. The fact that he is allowed to have a gun at all, much less conceal carry, is alarming given his general state of inebriation.
Kramer also said he sometimes carries a concealed handgun onto the floor of the Assembly for his own personal safety.
The Press Gazette also has another one of his greater moments:
Kramer was the only lawmaker who applauded a line in Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s 2007 budget address mentioning that oil companies had made record profits. Doyle was using the line as part of his reason to raise taxes on the companies, but Kramer said profits were the state’s economic lifeblood.Oh, the greed is strong in this one!
But the real juicy stuff comes from WisPolitics.com, which gave some very interesting points from the debate on who should be the new majority leader, Kramer or Dean Knudson from Hudson. Knudson supporter Chris Kapenga (not to be confused with Dale Kooyenga or Captain Kangaroo), leveled some strong charges against Kramer (bold lettering theirs; italics and asterisks mine):
-- Assembly Republicans today elected Rep. Bill Kramer to be the next majority leader despite Rep. Chris Kapenga accusing his GOP colleague of displaying a pattern of inappropriate behavior that made him unfit to hold the No. 2 spot in the chamber.
Kapenga, R-Delafield, made the allegation while giving one of the two nominating speeches for Rep. Dean Knudson for the post. He also charged there was an incident at an American Legislative Exchange Council event last month in Chicago. But he did not provide details in his speech and declined to provide specifics when he was approached by a reporter following the vote.
Kramer, R-Waukesha, shrugged off the allegation, which sent a ripple through the room ahead of today’s vote, saying “Things get said in a campaign.”
“I have heard that something happened at ALEC, and everybody I’ve talked to said they heard something inappropriate happened at ALEC,” Kramer said. “I haven’t run into anybody that saw something inappropriate happen at ALEC.* Apparently, I had a pretty good time. What that means, I have no idea because the night in question, I was home early.”
Kramer acknowledged concerns about his sense of humor before his selection as speaker pro tempore, a spot he gave up to run for majority leader after Rep. Scott Suder left the post to take a job at the PSC. But Kramer said he proved he could be respectful on the floor and planned to do the same in his new role.
-- In his nominating speech for Knudson, Kapenga said he has been to numerous events with Kramer stemming from their time in the Waukesha County GOP and said he has noticed a “behavior pattern that is prevalent at every event I can remember.”
He then went on to reference the alleged ALEC incident, saying both Kramer and Knudson were there and “one represented well. One did not represent well.”
“That cannot happen ever,” Kapenga said. “We can’t have sexual innuendos. We can’t have bad language in the public.** I don’t have any concerns with Dean. I don’t. None. I do have those concerns with Bill.”