MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A process server is accusing a state senator's aide of pushing him down, and calling him vulgar names as he tried serving the senator's office with a lawsuit.
The Wisconsin State Journal said the incident occurred September 3rd, in connection with a suit filed in June by the Center for Media and Democracy.
The group is trying to obtain documents it believes that Senate Republican Leah Vukmir obtained during a meeting in May of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The conservative council drafts model legislation for states to consider on various issues.
According to the lawsuit affidavits, Bruce Lowery tried serving Vukmir -- but her aide Jason Rostan chased him, pushed him down outside the Capitol building, and called him names while trying to push the papers back into the server's pockets.
The next day, the documents said Lowery's wife Chris tried serving the lawsuit -- but Rostan held his hands behind his back. She finally touched the papers on his hands to make the service legal, and left them in the senator's office.
The Justice Department would not comment on the specific case. A spokeswoman did tell the State Journal that most firms which sue the state know to go to the Attorney General's office where the papers will be accepted, instead of trying to chase individual lawmakers down.
Rostan told the paper he did try to give Bruce Lowery the papers back -- but Lowery tripped and fell and was not pushed.