Wis. Crowd Turns Ugly on Locked-Out Senator
Corners him before Democrat intervenes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2011 1:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Things got tense outside the Wisconsin capitol building last night when Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman tried to get into the building, which Scott Walker has ordered locked to keep protesters out. Police refused to let Grothman in either, and as he banged on each window and door a crowd formed around him, eventually chasing him around the building, the Cap Times reports.

Finally a crowd of around 200 cornered the senator, prompting Rep. Brett Hulsey, a Democrat, to step in. “This guy and I disagree on everything, but we’re friends,” he told the protesters. “This is a peaceful protest. You need to back away.” After five to 10 tense minutes, firefighters arrived to escort both lawmakers inside. But Grothman doesn’t think the crowd posed any real danger. “They'll give you the finger, and they yell at you, but I really think deep down inside they're just mostly college kids having fun," he said. "That's the guts of this crowd." Catch the video in the gallery (but beware profanity).