Monday, October 24th, 2016

RightWisconsin reporting Kramer will lose leadership position Tuesday

1 is reporting State Rep Bill Kramer will lose his position as Assembly Majority Leader on Tuesday. They received a statement from “The Assembly Republican Leadership” stating they will ask the Assembly GOP Caucus to oust him:

“We believe the serious nature of the alleged incidents require us to ask the Assembly Republican Caucus to remove Rep. Kramer from his position as the Assembly Majority Leader. It is clear he has lost our trust and confidence. On Tuesday, Assembly Republicans will take a vote to remove him from his leadership position and we will then determine how best to fill the position of Majority Leader.”

As I reported earlier, Kramer is checking himself into rehab for an unspecified period of time. His staff did not know when Kramer will be issuing a statement.

Given Assembly Speaker Vos’ initial statements, it was very unlikely Kramer would continue to hold his leadership position. The real questions are whether Kramer will resign his Assembly seat at the end of this process or if he will start drawing primary opponents.

The 97th Assembly District is solidly Republican, making it very attractive for local ambitious politicians. There is a degree of job security once someone wins. The seat was made even more solidly Republican in the last redistricting. Ironically, making the seat “safer” may have made it more attractive to a potential primary challenger.

There is a recent precedent in Waukesha County Republican politics. When former State Rep Scott Newcomer’s personal life kept spilling over into the newspaper, all it took was one challenger to break the ice. Soon others followed, and Newcomer did not run for re-election. The eventual winner of that Assembly seat was State Rep Chris Kapenga.

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