Wisconsin GOP Leader: We Won't Count Dems' Votes
Says once-AWOL lawmakers still in contempt
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2011 8:28 AM CDT
Wisconsin Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, standing right, R-Juneau, talks about the rules in the senate handbook during debate on floor at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Feb. 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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(Newser) – Wisconsin's Senate Democrats have returned to the state, but they may as well have stayed away as far as Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is concerned. In a letter to his caucus yesterday, Fitzgerald said the Democrats are still in contempt, and therefore can't vote in the legislature. "They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition," he wrote, "but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded."

One Senate Democrat called the letter a "mean-spirited response from a man who lost the battle of public opinion," according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I am not sure what purpose this serves."