UPDATE!! AS mentioned here in June.
The Dems finally ousted the FAUX DEM Ziegelbauer today!
Jsonline has the story
Pity the Kiel Political King now he will no longer have a direct line into the ASS Dems.
FROM JUNE 16, 2009
One of the most talked about backroom issues this budget season was how would the new Assembly Speaker do. Sure he had experience in negotiating with GM and the UAW, but is that the same as the Dems VS the GOP ? Then you need to deal with the governor and The Senate. As of now it sure looks like the Speaker was a wild success in what appears to be a finely orchestrated Broadway production.
1st Act- The Assembly leaders look a little off their game as the Senate leadership seems to be dictating to the Assembly, at least that what mini Fitzgerald and Robin Vos are telling everyone. The Joint Finance Committee finally comes to agreement on the budget.
2ND Act- the JFC budget unleashes a boatload of negative comments from both the right wingers and most media outlets. Some moderate Dems are in agreement that this budget has some problems. It even causes Back Bencher (GOPer in Dem clothing) Bob Ziegelbauer to run in like Alexander Haig hoping to save the State with his Gop friends by claiming he has amendments that can get passed and will save the state of Wisconsin.
3rd Act- Dem leadership caucuses with its members (Was Ziegelbauer even there?) and low and behold the fix the budget themselves. They take out the hated stuff the gop went nuts over. And the pass the budget…without Faux Dem Ziegelbauer voting with them anymore than GOPer Brett Davis. So next week the Dem Staff will be very busy telling all the folks that wrote and called, that they, THE Assembly Dems fixed that portion of the budget. The joint severability issue? FIXED, School choice, FIXED, hunting on public lands, FIXED, violent Criminals getting out of jail, FIXED, RTA, fixed….I COULD GO ON AND ON, but you get the point. The Dems Fixed the offensive stuff with few if any GOP Votes. Not only that, but Imagine the Shock upon GOP Leadership when the Legislative Fiscal Bureau tells them the Cost of all the failed GOP amendments the ASSGOP offered….1.5-2.BILLION
Yup the party of spending and restraint offered amendments that WOULD HAVE ADDED 1.5-2 BILLION TO THIS BUDGET. Makes one wonder if The Speaker was playing with these guys all along? Certainly the way it turned out, as of now, it seems like he was the one playing
Against minor league opposition. My personal Favorite line of the night was when the GOP went nuts over The Dems moving 2 Amendments to the bottom of the Calendar. GOPers Gunderson and Gottlieb were incensed, FITZ was PISSED. The Speaker calmly explained
“You guys ran the place for 14 years; we thought you knew the rules,
Epilogue….Seems many Dems were so upset with Ziegelbauer’s consistent voting with the GOP, they are urging the speaker to pull his chairmanship. What Can The Back Bencher Ziggy Do ? He’s already called Mr. Irrelevant by both sides.
Well he could join The GOP that he usually votes with. But he runs for both his Assem seat and his County EXEC Seat as a DEM. Could he win either as a Republican? I’m thinking he’ll soon have to ask himself that!