After catching the maximum allowed limit of flack from the purist demagogues on the left over his Foxconn vote, Wisconsin State Representative Peter Barca stepped down from his minority leadership position in the state assembly:
Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, will step down as minority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly at the end of the month, he announced in a statement Thursday evening.
Barca, 62, was first chosen to lead Assembly Democrats in 2011, following the conservative wave that ushered in Gov. Scott Walker and a strong Republican majority in both legislative chambers.
The minority party re-elected him to the post in November, but not without some evident tension. No Democrats challenged him at the time, but Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, D-Milwaukee, objected to electing him by unanimous consent.
“This afternoon I made the very difficult decision to step down as leader of the Assembly Democrats following deliberate, thoughtful discussions. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support over the last seven years,” Barca said in a statement.
Barca said he will continue his effort to “do what is right for Wisconsin families and workers,” with greater focus on his district in southeastern Wisconsin.
So which young turk is going to toss their fedora into the ring?