Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Jeff Wood by the numbers


When is it enough?  State Representative Jeff Wood (I) was arrested again last night for driving under the influence.  I had to look twice to make sure that the Waukesha Freeman didn’t accidentally re-run the story from his last arrest.

By the numbers:

Fifth arrest for OWI.

Second arrest within a month.

Third arrest within a year.

Two previous convictions for drunk driving.

Two bags of marijuana in his car at time of 3rd arrest (4.9 grams)

Four inch pot pipe

1998 Buick Skylark (with only one license plate)

six Lorazepam anxiety pills, two doses of cough syrup (4th OWI arrest)

Fifteen days since he was supposed to start a rehab program.

Over ten months since Jeff Wood announced he would not contest his third arrest for drunk driving and possession of marijuana.

Six members to be named by Speaker Mike Sheridan on the Assembly Committee to consider Wood’s expulsion.

Fifty-two Assembly Democrats

Sixty-Six votes in the Assembly needed to expel Wood

1917 was the only time since statehood a member of the legislature was expelled

5,268 signatures of 67th District residents would be needed to trigger a recall election.

 2008 vote tally in the district: Jeff Wood * I 12,388 50%  Don Moga R 12,213 50% 

Once again, Wood’s arrest was the result of a citizen spotting him driving erratically and calling 911.  The police saw Wood as his car swerved and hopped the curb. 

 The Chippewa Herald has a Jeff Wood timeline and reminds readers:

 “If voters wanted to recall Wood, they would not be able to circulate a petition until 60 days before the one-year anniversary of when he last took office on Jan. 5, 2009. Petitions could be circulated at the earliest in November and submitted in January 2010.”

Then there would have to be a recall election

1. The recall election is held on the Tuesday of the 6th week after the recall petition is certified.

2. If a primary is required, the primary is held on Tuesday of the 6th week after the recall petition is certified, and the recall election is held on Tuesday of the 4th week after the primary election.

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