As I predicted yesterday, State Sens. Russ “I was a union bricklayer” Decker and Jeff “I was endorsed by AFSCME this year” Plale both joined Republicans in voting against state employee contracts, resulting in a 16-16 tie vote, leaving those contracts for Scott Walker and legislative Republicans to deal with after January 3, 2011.
Following the tie vote, Senate Democrats went into a closed door meeting where they deposed Decker as majority leader in favor of Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), who will serve for the next two weeks until Republicans take over the Senate. Commenting on Decker’s vote, Democratic State Sen. Bob Jauch said, “In 28 years I’ve never seen a leader stick it to his members like this,” adding, “Psychologists probably write books about this type of behavior. It’s a disorder that’s probably now being named.” According to WisPolitics’ Quorum Call, when Decker was asked how his vote against the state employee contracts will affect his legacy, Decker said he had no regrets.
However, the quote of the night goes to AFSCME Executive Director Marty Beil, who called Russ Decker a “whore” following Decker’s vote against state employees.
I know I’m not often right when it comes to making predictions, but since I was right about how Russ Decker and Jeff Plale would vote on the state employee contracts, I’m going to go ahead and predict that both Decker and Plale will end up with jobs somewhere in Scott Walker’s administration, and rightly so, given the lengths they’ve gone to in order to prove that they’re ready to toe the Republican line whenever Scott Walker tells them to.