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Unforced Error

by Jerry Bader

Republicans in the Wisconsin State Assembly appear to be doing the right thing after apparently having done the wrong thing. GOP Assembly leadership is moving quickly to strip Representative Bill Kramer of his leadership position after reports of his alleged inappropriate behavior during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.  But Kramer is hardly an unanticipated problem for Republicans.

State Representaive Chris Kapenga, a Delafield Republican, raised concerns about Kramer when he was being considered for Assembly Majority leader, and it was specifically this type of behavior Kapenga referenced. Republicans ignored Kapenga's concerns and went with Kramer. And talk show host Charlie Sykes reports at Right Wisconsin (subscription) that Kramer's issues were hardly a secret among Republicans, calling it "the least surprising scandal, ever.

Unlike Democrats in time of scandal, Republicans aren't circling the wagons, they're doing the right thing and moving to remove Kramer from power. But that doesn't excuse the fact that they put him there in the first place. This was a completely unforced error, and not a small one.

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