Feeling a sharp, stabbing pain in his Erpenbach
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a report on the vote that stabbed Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach in the back:
In a vote that surprised Capitol observers, Larson beat Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton on an 8-7 vote Tuesday. The decision means Larson, a 32-year-old freshman, will serve as one of the primary voices in opposition to Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature, and puts him in charge of raising money and recruiting candidates to try to recapture the Senate in two years.
Larson said he knew the vote would be close. Erpenbach said he believed he had the necessary eight votes going into the closed-door caucus meeting where the votes were taken.
After the vote, Erpenbach’s backers concluded Sen. Bob Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) had voted for Larson after saying he would vote for Erpenbach. They determined this because one of them noticed he had folded his ballot multiple times and was able to tell which ballot was his after the fact.
The report neglects to mention whether Wirch extended his middle finger after casting the secret ballot.
Larson says not to worry:
“There might be some hard feelings and we hope that might dissipate soon,” he said.
The hard pain between the shoulder blades sometimes lasts a long, long time.
Meanwhile, some outside groups had a grip on the blade’s handle. Anne Sayers, program director for the League of Conservation Voters, told the newspaper that the election of the minority leader was, “an embarrassment of riches.”
Well, she was half right.
At least Larson ought to be entertaining. As I mentioned in my column for the Waukesha Freeman this week, one prominent Wisconsin Democrat told me,
“Let the era of grandiose pronouncements all self-consciously prepared for future inscription on stone monuments begin.”