Madison Police responded to a disturbance at the Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll St., Wednesday night after a man dumped a beer over the head of a state lawmaker. The bartender said the man yelled out something like, “Money” and “Damn Republicans.” The beer was poured atop a 43-year old Burlington, WI man. It also splashed onto two other state lawmakers. All indicated the suspect swore at them, and called them criminals. He was accompanied by a man with a video camera. The bartender asked the videographer to turn it off. She says following the request, the suspect then took the glass of beer and emptied it onto the lawmaker’s head. The suspect then fled. The lawmaker, who took the direct hit, indicated the suspect has been harassing him since February, but up until this point, it had only been verbal. He did not know the suspect’s name, but a female State Capitol employee, who was with the group, was able to provide police with a name, and said Capitol Police would have his contact information. The MPD called Capitol Police and obtained a couple of possible addresses for the suspect, as well as a couple of possible phone numbers. Officers attempted to find the suspect, but could not locate him. He will likely face a tentative charge of disorderly conduct.
Let me just be clear: no matter what anyone else on this blog has said, I don’t support this kind of stupidity as a form of protest. I’m all for folks exercising their Constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights to assembly and free speech, but dousing someone with a beer isn’t a form of protest that I can condone.
It’s stupidity like this that will turn folks here in Wisconsin against what we’re trying to fight for, and I hope whoever did this is caught and punished.
13 thoughts on “Republican State Rep. Robin Vos doused with beer in Madison”
“I don’t support this kind of stupidity as a form of protest.”
and it does not one whit of good.
Agreed. They’re losing sight of the forest for the trees at this point.
I wouldn’t have poured beer on his head. I would have flung a wedge of cheddar. Or a brat with mustard.
That would have been a waste of a perfectly good brat.
it amazes me the outrage that comes from this and not the arrests for filming in the chambers, or the choking of a justice or the arrests for holding signs in the 2nd floor, etc…
I don’t think they should have dumped a beer over vos’s head, no matter how big a douchbag vos is, but he hardly has the moral high ground here!
But in order for there to be a moral high ground, there has to be a moral high ground, if you know what I mean.
If you’re giving Robin Vos the opportunity to be even more sanctimonious and self-righteous, yr doin’ it wrong.
Still, it hasn’t stopped Steve Nass from trying to make political hay out of it.
I havent seen anything Nass has said do you have a link? Nass is all politics and no substance.
And here I thought you had your thumb on the pulse 🙂
Saw the article in my local rag, of all places, the Watertown Daily Times. But since their website is deeply rooted in the last decade, I found a link to the article in the Cap Times: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/capitol-report/article_01d18b3e-e078-11e0-bce2-001cc4c002e0.html
RE Jeff Simpson: The reason their is no outrage over “the arrests for filming in the chambers, or the choking of a justice or the arrests for holding signs in the 2nd floor, etc” is because in each case the people in authority found no wrongdoing on the part of Conservatives.
1. Signs at the capitol clearly stated it was banned to video tape the chambers, can’t liberals read?
2. Are you the only liberal to realize there was no choking, only a post menopausal women losing control. Bradley’s claims were shown to be patently false, hence her bursting into tears during her interviews by law enforcement when they caught her in her lies.
3. The capitol is a house for all citizens, not just unwashed buffoons who won’t abide by the rules. They should be arrested and hauled out.
In what bizarro world do liberals live in when they break the law and are held accountable, they whine that they are misunderstood. We understand you all right, and have nothing but contempt for your values and morals, if you have any.
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